Special Issue "City Politics During an Era of Global Populism"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Alina Oxendine

Department of Political Science, Hamline University, St Paul, MN 55104, USA
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Interests: urban politics; public opinion; political psychology; social class; race; gender

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As populist leaders, parties and ideas grow in prominence internationally, cities face a new set of challenges and opportunities. This Special Issue analyzes how cities have influenced and/or been affected by this rise of political discontent. Additionally, it explores how cities’ governments, leaders and/or citizens have responded, successfully or not, to populist pressures.

The Guest Editor invites empirical, theoretical or practice-based articles, based in any national or international setting(s), which evaluate the relationship between populism and urban politics. Papers from a wide range of social scientific fields are welcomed, as long as they are relevant to the main theme and accessible to a broad, interdisciplinary audience.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Political and/or societal relevance of urban–rural divisions
  • Tension between national and local levels of government
  • Quality of democracy and its capacity to mitigate political unrest
  • Challenges of governing cities with contemporary societal and economic challenges
  • Erosion of trust, social capital, and/or “civic” political cultures
  • Importance of immigration, demographic changes and/or racial and ethnic diversity
  • Role of structural economic influences, like unemployment and/or economic inequality
  • Influence of media and/or new technologies
  • Analysis of different ideological manifestations of populism (i.e., political right versus left)

Dr. Alina Oxendine
Guest Editor

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  • Populism
  • City politics
  • Urban-rural
  • Trust
  • Social capital
  • Economic inequality
  • Racial diversity
  • Democracy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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