Contested Authority at the Local Level: Implications for Governance and Development
Call for Proposals:
The Governance and Local Development Institute invites proposals for papers to be presented at its 6th annual conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Contested Authority at the Local Level: Implications for Governance and Development.” The conference will be held May 23-24, 2023, at Nääs Fabriker, Tollered, Sweden (arriving the evening of the 22nd and departing the morning of the 25th). It will bring together an international group of scholars and practitioners studying issues and questions about ‘contested authority’ at the sub-national level. We invite proposals from people with a background in a range of disciplines, working in a variety of geographic settings, and using diverse research methods.
Paper proposals may address questions including but not limited to:
How do we understand, measure, and evaluate changes in the reach and influence of various authorities, including the state, religious leaders, traditional authorities, rebel groups, economic elites and/or other authorities?
How do we explain competition amongst authorities for control over different sectors, such as land, resources, social service provision, fertility or other family practices, etc.?
What explains the individuals' strength of allegiance to and/or compliance with different authorities? Papers may consider the role of formal and informal institutions, access to resources (local, national, international), technologies, ideas and ideologies, etc.
Under what conditions do various authorities (both state and non-state) gain and/or maintain authority, and when is the power and authority of different types of authorities complementary or substitutive? We invite papers that consider, for instance, the changing nature of social contexts (e.g., urbanization, migration) and group strategies (e.g., armed power/coercion) may shape how authorities gain and/or maintain authority.
What are the implications of competition across authorities, and changes in their strength and alliances, for development and social welfare at the local level?
Proposals are due by October 10, 2022, 11:59 pm CEST. Invitations to participate will be sent by December 1, 2022.
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