Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
Frist: 17.02.2023

CfP - “Rule of Law and Rechtsstaat under Pressure”

Abstracts may address the following questions and topics:

1. Concepts and measurement of the rule of law/Rechtsstaat and ways of systematising it (such as different rule of law traditions, minimal or dense version, areas of law).

2. Descriptive recording of the dynamics and profiles of the rule of law/Rechtsstaat as well as the relations between the rule of law, democracy and statehood.

3. The investigation of causes can be guided by the following questions: Why does the quality of the rule of law and Rechtsstaat vary across democracies? Why do legal systems develop differently in transformation processes? Why do individual states governed by the rule of law erode or collapse? What makes states under the rule of law stable?

4. Three factors can structure the analysis: Actors, institutions and political culture. In the area of actors, the focus is primarily on right-wing populist parties and governments (e.g. Brazil, Hungary, and Poland). In the case of institutions, the connection between the formal rule of law and informal rules and practices will be examined more closely. In the cultural research perspective, the culture of the rule of law or more precisely the acceptance of the rule of law or distrust of the justice sector among the population and elites. What interactions can be identified? Various aspects can be clustered in terms of historical legacies and path dependencies


Schedule and Deadlines:

Abstracts to this call for papers may be submitted in English by February 17th 2023 to the Journal ( with the following information:

E-mail subject: Call for Papers ZfVP “Rechtsstaat under Pressure”

Provisional title of the contribution

Abstract of the contribution: 250 - 300 words

If the abstracts are suitable, the authors will be invited to prepare a contribution (first draft), which should be submitted by 31.07.2023. In September 2023, an authors' workshop will take place in Wuerzburg, where the contributions will be discussed together. With this feedback, the contributions can be finalised into a 50.000 characters draft ready for double-blind peer review for submission to the ZfVP and submitted until 31.12.2023. The review process will then begin. The issue should then appear in the second half of 2024.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Co-authored and multidisciplinary papers are welcome