29 November 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Constitutional Politics in Southeast Asia


HomeConstitutional politics in Southeast Asia has undergone dramatic changes over the last quarter century. Underpinned by political and economic liberalization, as well as a growing integration in the world economy, states in Southeast Asia have begun to alter their constitutions, establish new courts (constitutional and administrative) while also more broadly strengthening existing rights and accountability regimes. The effects of these changes have been far reaching but quite uneven. Taking the existing diversity in the region as a starting point, we seek papers from authors for the themes of constitutional legacies, reforms and constitutional practices. 

Authors are encouraged to explore broad questions such as historical-ideational underpinnings of constitutional reforms, actors and interests in the reform process and evolving constitutional practices. More specifically, we are interested in submissions that would fit the following sub-panels:

Session 1: Constitution Drafting, Institutional Design & Constitutional Politics in SEA 
Session 2: Individual and Religious Rights & Constitutional Politics in SEA 
Session 3: Military & Constitutional Politics in SEA 
Session  4: Rule of Law, Courts & Constitutional Politics in SEA 

With the aim of a possible publication (book, special edition), the panel chairs encourage exploration of such themes through original empirical papers, which may proceed from a variety of methods and disciplinary approaches (law, politics, history) including single and comparative case studies (the latter preferred), as well as theoretical contributions.  

If you would like to be considered for participation in the panel, please send a short paper abstract (one or two paragraphs) by the November 30, 2012 to the two panel organizers: Bjoern Dressel (Bjoern.Dressel@anu.edu.au) and Marco Bünte (buente@giga-hamburg.de).

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