Call for Papers: Global Populism and Governance


Global Populism and Governance

A conference hosted by

Global Public Policy and Governance

Institute for Global Public Policy, Fudan University

LSE-Fudan Research Centre for Global Public Policy

Submission of proposals: Jan 15 2021

Submission of draft papers: Jun 15 2021

Guest editor

Bert Rockman, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University

Background and purpose

Populism has been reshaping the post-WWII liberal political and economic regimes in both domestic and global contexts. Brexit and the US presidential election of Trump are two major examples of how the decline of western economic dominance, increasing socioeconomic inequality, rising anti-elitism/institutionalism movements and other factors have been changing the relations between the state and citizens and forged new ways to refresh and maintain governance capacities and legitimacy. Populism, despite its conceptual ambiguity and its local variations, has influenced governance responses to complex and urgent social and scientific such as the Covid-19 Pandemic and Climate Change.

This conference, co-sponsored by the journal Global Public Policy and Governance, Institute for Global Public Policy, Fudan University and LSE-Fudan Research Centre for Global Public Policy invites contributions that further delve into the multiformity of populism and its effects on global public policy and governance to publish a special issue of the journal Global Public Policy and Governance. As populism evolves in different issue and national contexts, this special issue welcomes conceptual explorations of the varieties of populism, their internal connections, and their connections to other social movements and concepts. Contributors are expected to analyse the causes of the populist movements; their constituencies; institutional opportunities for such movements to emerge; the nature of the demand for and the supply of populist opportunities to achieve power; and the extent to which they differ cross-nationally or are similar.

Equally important, the special issue explores the effects of populism on public policy and governance. How will populist movements shape the strategies and behaviour of political, administrative and other players in policy making? Are populistic trends in the public sector changing its capacities to deliver public goods and services? Contributions are welcome to address issues such as evidence-based policy making, citizen trust in governments, politics-administration interactions, service efficiency and citizen participation, and government responses to crises under the influence of populism.  

Individual papers may address any of the following questions or beyond

  • Conceptualization of populism
  • The varieties of populism across issues and jurisdictions
  • Sources of support for populism
  • Institutional opportunities as well as constraints on populism
  • Comparative populism
  • Public policy making and populism
  • Populism and its impact on governance capacities
  • Expertise under populistic politics
  • Populistic influences on government response to Covid-19 
  • Public participation, citizen trust, and populism
  • Populism and its policy effects in different countries and regions
  • Populism and global governance

Working plan

Proposals should be submitted to ( by Jan 15 2021. Proposals shall be 1-2 pages and include author names, affiliations, titles, emails, and the research ideas including topic, research question, theoretical framework, methods and preliminary conclusions.  

Decision will be issued in two weeks after the submission of the proposals.

Invited authors shall submit full draft papers to ( by 15 Jun 2021.

A virtual or an in-person conference will be organized at Fudan University in late Jun 2021 for authors to present their papers and do discussions, contingent on global pandemic situations. If only a virtual conference is organized in Jun, the in-person conference option will be reserved for a future date when conditions allow.

Authors will be given one month to revise their papers according to comments from the conference and the guest editor, and should submit papers directly to the online submission system of Global Public Policy and Governance. All papers will go through a peer review processes organized by the guest editor.  

The format of research papers should comply with the styles of GPPG, with APA reference style and a word limit of 8,000 words. More details are available at: