Community & Civic Engagement: Prerequisite for Fostering Sustainable Development in the Developing World
Current development discourses underscore the relevance of exploring the interplay between sustainable development and democratic governance. Such discourses are premised on the fact that it is impossible to foster sustainable development without the active involvement of all social, political, economic and/or private development stakeholders in the decision-making process geared toward designing, implementing, and evaluating sustainable development strategies. Citizen involvement in governance is not a new idea. Citizens participation in the decision making process helps build trust in themselves and build competence, thus strengthening the social capital which is critical for healthy and sustainable communities.
Moreover, it is argued that public engagement in decision-making promotes government accountability, a friendly business environment, and public trust in government institutions. While trust in government is essential for social cohesion and well-being, it is indispensable for citizens to demand greater transparency from their governments and to hold elected officials accountable. Greater transparency is not only key to upholding integrity in the public sector, but also to foster openness and transparency which can ultimately reduce the risk of fraud, corruption and mismanagement of public funds.
The purpose of the 4th International Conference on Democratic Governance is to explore the various dimensions – political, economic, social, spiritual, and cultural – needed to advance and sustain democratic governance in the developing world. Specifically, the conference will bring together an international group of scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines (e.g., public administration, political science, economics, sociology, business, law, journalism, international relations, and others) to collectively examine the extent to which community and civic engagement can foster sustainable development. In their papers, conference participants can address numerous themes and issues.
Submission of Paper and Panel Proposals
The conference program committee welcomes the submission of proposals for individual papers, professional workshops and fully formed panels. High-quality conceptual, theoretical, empirical, and policy- and practice-oriented research is welcome. All proposals should: (1) briefly explain how the paper, workshop or panel connects to the overall conference theme, (2) note the individual conference track in which the proposal best fits, (3) include 3-4 keywords, and (4) provide complete contact information for the corresponding individual. Proposals for individual papers or workshops should include an abstract of 250-400 words. Proposals for fully formed panels should consist of three to four complementary papers and include an abstract of 400-600 words. Review of paper, workshop and panel proposal submission is open and will continue through April 20, 2018. Proposals will be evaluated by the program committee and decisions will be notified via email on or before May 5, 2018. Proposals should be e-mailed to the program committee chairs, Dr. Alketa Peci (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Marco Ferreira (email@example.com).
Conference participants are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration of inclusion in an edited book or special issue of an academic journal. All submissions will be peer reviewed. Further details about the publication opportunity will be provided by May 18, 2018.
The conference will take place at the Brazilian School of Business and Public Administration (FGV – Rio de Janeiro / Brazil).
Marco Aurelio Marques Ferreira