After Liberalism? Populism and the Future of Democracy
The Alfred Deakin Institute’s flagship annual international conference will engage with the many challenges confronting the liberal order in the contemporary global political landscape.
Call for papers closes on Friday 5 July, 5:00pm AEST.
The second half of the twentieth century saw the emergence of a liberal world order dominated by the US and Europe. It was driven by a single unifying assumption: that the merits of globalization, free market capitalism and democracy were self-evident. Citizens across the world were expected to embrace this model and live in peace and prosperity under ‘Western’ hegemony.
However, recent years have revealed just how many challenges confront the liberal order. Many have experienced liberalism as a system designed to benefit existing political and business elites. Financial crises on both sides of the Atlantic portended various forms of illiberal populism. Demagogues tapped into deep reservoirs of resentment, spruiking isolationism and xenophobia as a panacea for inequalities. Challenges have also come from further afield. The balance of global power has shifted from the old hegemons towards illiberal regimes that have quickly emerged as economic and political powerhouses. Free from the constraints of elections and accountability, and in the face of declining Western power, these states have become increasingly assertive on the world stage.
This shifting political landscape raises pressing questions for global politics in the twenty-first century. Are we witnessing the end of the US-backed post-war liberal world order? And, if so, how can we rethink or reform liberalism, or develop new forms of governance in the face of such challenges? This conference will bring together leading scholars and practitioners across the disciplines of Politics and International Relations to engage with these questions across the following four key themes:
Populism, Immigration and Inequality
Liberalism, Security and Foreign Policy
Sustainability and Climate Change
Democracy and Public Deliberation
Dates: Wednesday 20 November - Friday 22 November
Location: Deakin Downtown, Docklands, Melbourne.
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Wednesday 13 March, 9:00am AEST
Call for Papers Opens
Friday 5 July, 5:00pm AEST
Call for Papers Closes
Friday 2 August, 9:00am AEST
Early Bird Registrations Open
Friday 2 August, 5:00pm AEST
Notification of Outcome of Call for Papers
Friday 27 September, 5:00pm AEST
Early-bird Registrations Close/General Registrations Open
Friday 8 November, 5:00pm AEST
General Registrations Close
Wednesday 20 November, 9:30am AEST
Wednesday 20 November - Friday 22 November, 5:00pm AEST
Conference Proceedings (full program released closer to the date)
Early-bird registration will be open 2 August - 27 September, after which general registration will open.
We will aim to keep registration costs to less than $80/day (waged) and less than $50/day (unwaged). More information about registration costs will be available soon.
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