Call for Papers: “Identity, local politics and local democracy”


“Identity, local politics and local democracy”

Collective identities have increasingly attracted the attention of scholars from nearly all sub-disciplines of political science. Yet, we still know far too little about the origins of identity on the one hand and how identity issues are linked to the micro-dimension and subjective underpinnings of politics, especially citizens’ political orientations and behavior on the other hand.

Within the section “Identity and Political Behaviour” at the ECPR General Conference 2014 in Glasgow (3-6 September 2014) the panel “Identity, local politics and local democracy” will focus on the origins and consequences of identity at the local level. Municipal identity is considered as an important requirement for other attitudes towards politics as well as individual civic and political engagement. Therefore, we welcome contributions with a focus on the effects of (local) identity on political orientations and political behavior as well as contributions trying to explain levels of local identity. Furthermore, we are particularly interested in the following research questions:

  • Does local identity have any impacts on local preferences and/or local political behavior?
  • How and why does (local) identity have an impact on political orientations and political behavior?
  • Does (local) identity affect turnout or electoral behavior?
  • Are there different effects from identity on attitudes and behavior comparing local and national politics?
  • What are the origins of local identity?
  • How does local identity affect national or even European identity?

 We invite contributions from a broad range of theoretical and especially empirical approaches. As such, we welcome papers based on survey or experimental data, case studies, and comparative research. Paper abstracts (max. 150 words) for the panel should be submitted until January 31, 2014 at the latest. Please send the abstracts via email to Angelika Vetter or Markus Tausendpfund. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.

PD Dr. Angelika Vetter, University of Stuttgart, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Dr. Markus Tausendpfund, University of Hagen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call for Papers: Measuring identity at the micro-level (2)

Please note the Call for Papers for the panel "Measuring identity at the micro-level" at the next ECPR General Conference in Glasgow. The panel is proposed by Jochen Roose (Chair, Freie Universität Berlin) and Sebastian Kuhn (Co-Chair, FernUniversität in Hagen). Paper proposals should be submitted via email by January 31th to the panel chairs.