Foundation for Democratic Reforms, in association with the Indian School of Business (Bharti Institute of Public Policy) and University of Hyderabad (Department of Political Science) introduces Indian Democracy at Work”, a series of annual conferences aimed at facilitating dialogue between all stakeholders, encouraging public deliberation on key issues of Indian democracy and furthering democratic reform. The focus of this year’s conference would be “Money Power in Politics”.

Research papers relating to the conference sub-themes (Party Maintenance, Candidate Selection, Political Campaign Expenditure and Vote Buying) which underpin the core purpose of working towards a better democracy are invited from scholars and researchers. The description for each of these sub-themes can be found in the Concept Note. A panel of experts will review the abstracts and assess their importance and relevance. The submissions will be judged on their pertinence to the themes and adherence to the guidelines mentioned. 

Following are the guidelines, procedures, deadlines and important dates pertaining to the submission of papers

Submission Guidelines

    • The abstract of your paper plays a central role in the review process. Abstracts should be a maximum of 1500 words, clearly written to convey the salient features of your paper.
    • Abstract should at least include the following:
      • Title of the paper
      • Name of the author or authors (in case more than one)
      • A sentence or two at the beginning to provide a basic introduction to your work, phrased so as to be understandable to anyone interested in democracy;
      • One sentence that provides more detailed information of interest to practitioners and scholars working on democracy;
      • One or two sentences clearly stating the specific question and the general problem your study will address;
      • One to two sentences highlighting the methods/approach your study uses and if there is a distinctive aspect to the methods;
      • One to two sentences summarising the main result (please use the phrase, “Our study finds,” or We show” or an equivalent);
      • Two sentences explaining the scholarly and/or practical significance of the main results and findings, especially as compared to what is already known; and finally,
      • One to two sentences that situate the results and their importance in a more general context. 
    • Provide five keywords of the proposed paper beneath the Abstract. 

Formatting Guidelines

    • Use Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch (2.5 cm) margin all around, and 8.5” × 11” page setting. References may be single-spaced.
    • References should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide.

Submission Timelines

Submissions open:           11:59PM, September 28, 2019 
Submissions close:                11:59PM, October 23, 2019
Acceptance notification:       11:59PM, October 30, 2019
Full papers due:                      11:59PM, December 22, 2019