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The Journal of Democracy and Electoral Studies targets the publication on a regular basis of original articles with respect to democracy and electoral issues. Moreover, in addition to the Journal, JDES publishes on a daily basis  opinion analysis on current controversial issues in the public sphere. See section Opinion Analysis
 
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22 November 2015
  Viviana ANGHEL, Magdalena ALBULESCU   Abstract   Despite the progress registered by the Romanian political culture, the democratic balance remains fragile due to the low participation of citizens to the associative life and political decision, and in the same time, one can’t yet rely on the fact that political actors position themselves impersonally towards the formal institutional practice. Romanian democracy frequently encounters challenges coming from the political actors – who tend to adjust the functioning mode of the consecrated democratic institutions and to treat rather personally the institutional processes. Nevertheless, during the past years, the Romanian democracy consumes itself on redefining the mode in which individuals exercise their citizen quality through political participation. Consider  all the above, in the last two years, in Romania, we witnessed an icrease of the citizens’ political participation in the form of protests and ballot absenteeism, in the detriment of other forms of political participation. The protests, as social happenings, are already turning into social practice, although quite late in time, 24 years after the anticommunist Romanian revolution. In addition, the absenteeism is promoted with the occasion of electoral processes both by political and nongovernmental actors and by opinion leaders. Is Romania subscribing to a new European trend in what ballot absenteeism is concerned, while participating to protests? Are these the newest and the most notable elements in the grid of a consolidated democracy? Under what circumstances is the ballot absenteeism corroborated with the participation to protests contributing to the quality of democracy? Are there also other forms of political participation which could determine politicians to accept that the only legitimate preferences within the democratic institutional system are the citizens’ and that consequently the governing should be tailored to th...
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22 November 2015
Liviu NEAGOE Abstract   The paper analyses the intellectual evolution of the concept of citizenship from the ancient times to the contemporary period. In the political philosophy of Aristotle the main virtue of citizenship was participation to the governing of polis. In the modern times, the large dimensions of the national communities have conducted to a new understanding of citizenship as medium term between state and nation. This deterministic approach was replaced by the theories of Charles Tilly and Rogers Brubaker, who redefine the relationship between state, national community and national minorities. The juridical tradition of citizenship distinguish between the principle jus sanguinis, of the community of descendants, and the principle jus soli, of territorial belonging. In this respect, Romanian constitutionalism has advanced the principle jus sanguinis in granting citizenship with consequences in administrative exclusion of foreigners and conceptualization of regional identities. The particularity of Transylvania as territory of different ethnic minorities is now just a subject of academic debates with no coverage in the historical reality of this region. Transylvania is part of our collective imaginary and in the same time of our national identity and no invented local particularism can change that.        Keywords: citizenship, intellectual history, contemporary Romania   În sens larg, cetăţenia desemnează un ansamblu de drepturi ataşate unei persoane, raportul instituţionalizat stabilit între indivizi şi stat, sentimentul de apartenenţă la un anumit teritoriu, calitatea de membru într-o comunitate, o idee filosofică sau un ideal moral. Pornind de la taxonomia propusă acum o jumătate de secol de T. H. Marshall, cetăţenia presupune trei componente: civilă, politică şi socială, cărora le corespund trei perioade istorice distincte. Componenta civilă a cetăţeniei a apărut, odată cu dezvoltarea bur...

Call for Papers

The Journal of Democracy and Electoral Studies publishes and promotes premium analysis and debates on empirical issues of democracy research and electoral issues, such as electoral campaigns, electoral systems and political parties, deficits of representative democracy, and current threats on democracies in Europe, citizenship, political representation, public policies and civil control on institutions and other important issues of both local or European concern.

 
Our Journal publishes articles in the domains of democracy studies using conceptual frameworks, dimensions, contexts and different methods of research specific to political science, media and communication science, political philosophy and related disciplines.
 
We welcome original contributions written in an accessible style. All the articles must be written in English. However, we receive contributions written in Romanian which, if publishable, will be included in the Journal up to 25 percent of the published articles. The texts should be approximately 3,000-6,000 words in length (including references) and must be edited according to Chicago Style. Please include an abstract and a list of keywords.
 
The contributions will be subjected to a double-blind peer-evaluation by specialists in the area of each article’s theme. 
 
Together with the manuscript, the editors are looking to receive a second document containing the author’s biographical information and current affiliation, e-mail address and telephone number.
In addition, JDES gives the authors the opportunity to present their research and to debate on the published articles at the launching of each Issue (due to July and December) aside renowned experts from their field, academics and other interested parties, so to establish valuable contacts for their future research.
 
All contributions should be sent by email to: apd.bucuresti@apd.ro.
The deadline for the submission of contributions is 15th of August, 2015.

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