Conference: PSA at 70: Re-imagining Politics
April 6 - April 8
PSRP’s Laura Wise will be presenting her paper, Borderland Bargains: Ethnopolitics and Political Unsettlement at the Margins.
As the Political Studies Association (PSA) turns 70, politics faces multiple uncertainties. The international liberal order is being challenged by new security threats and domestic nationalist resurgences. Established party systems are disintegrating as trust in representative democracy diminishes. Confronted with a climate emergency, traditional policies of growth and consumption are under increased scrutiny. Ours is also a time of democratic institutional innovation, path-breaking constitutional experiments and vibrant bottom-up practices of inclusive decision-making.
Against this backdrop of change, falling back on well-tested theories and practices seems less and less productive. Radical and accelerating transformations call for new ways of understanding, explaining and intervening in the political world.
PSA’s 70th anniversary provides us with a double opportunity: to take stock of these transformations and in light of them to re-imagine both the study and practice of politics. Held in the Scottish capital, itself a site of democratic innovation and mobilisation, the 2020 meeting of the PSA aims to provide a compelling arena for kickstarting processes of re-imagining politics.