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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...
apd.bucuresti
22 November 2015
Simona Hobincu Abstract           The article brings into debate the plans of the American president Barack Obama to conceive a foreign and security policy that reflects and promotes American democratic fundamental values and interests in a complex international security context. Barack Obama`s foreign policy was also meant to shift and redress the U.S. external behavior and improve America`s image abroad. The American fundamental values and the derived national interests are considered to be the foundation of the American Grand Strategy and as having universal character. Keywords: fundamental values, spread of democracy, American Grand Strategy, Barack Obama, qualitative analysis.   Main Concepts and the Theoretical Framework of Analysis           From the moment of the U.S. debut on the international political stage until the end of the Cold War, the American political leaders and strategists have shared and envisaged two different perspectives regarding America`s role in the world and how the U.S. foreign policy should be conceived. More precisely, the interventionist perspective, which is appropriate to the idealistic school of thought, envisions an active involvement of the United States on the world scene that is justified by the superiority of American values ​​and the existence of a moral duty to intervene in solving the global issues and in redefining the global system of security. In opposition, the isolationist view, which is appropriate to the realistic school of thought, features a more confined role of the American power in the world, to some degree limited to managing threats and improving democracy at home. Thus, the United States considered that they are able to promote their fundamental values ​​by the power of their own positive example or by acting like a “lighthouse” for the rest of the world, as Kissinger metaphorically suggested. Both approaches, interven...

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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