Political Stability in Deeply Divided Societies - call for papers

AAME's second conference takes place on 8 June 2018 in central London, and will explore questions around how divided societies resolve social conflict and achieve political stability.

This conference will examine the nature, determinants and consequences of political stability in the Global South. Empirical papers exploring specific case studies, cross-national analyses, as well as theoretical deliberations are all welcomed.

The conference will focus on a range of contemporary debates on political stability, including:

  •  Links between natural resource endowments, corruption and rent-seeking, and/or domestic inequality vis-à-vis political stability;

  •  Trade-offs between civil and political rights—including freedom of speech and press, holding of competitive elections, and protection from state violence and repression—and political stability;

  •  Relationships between countries’ socio-demographic composition—including ethnic, religious, class, caste, and/or other socio-economic divisions—and political stability;

  •  The role of elite bargains and/or political settlements in establishing and maintaining political stability;

  •  The contribution of civil society, including community-based organisations and non-governmental

organisations, to consolidating or undermining political stability;

  •  Effects of political stability on socio-economic development, including economic growth, poverty

reduction, health, inequality, and other developmental outcomes;

  •  Conceptual understandings on what constitutes ‘political stability’ and whether (and how) it can be


We plan to put a special issue for a journal together using a selection of the best papers presented at the conference, as we did last year (forthcoming in Third World Quarterly).

Submission of your contribution:

Please email an abstract of no more than 500 words with a brief bio by 31 March 2018 to info@aame.london. The organisers will confirm your participation after a review of all proposals. Final submissions should not exceed 8,000 words (excl. bibliography).

The event is generously supported by Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. Some financial support for travel is available, with preference given to junior scholars.

Conference organised by: The Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East (AAME), Royal Holloway, University of London Date: 8 June 2017 Time: 9:00am to 6.00pm Location: 11 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RF Room: BEDSQ-1-01

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