The Governance of Large-Scale Projects, 30 September to 1 October 2011, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

The Hertie School of Governance and the Journal for Political Consulting and Policy Advice invite paper proposals for an international conference on “The Governance of Large-Scale Projects“, supported by the Volkswagen Foundation. The conference will take place from Sept. 30 to Oct 1, 2011 at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin/Germany, and will comprise panel discussions, PhD workshops and a poster session.

Modern democracies are based on parliamentary representation which is guaranteed by the electoral provisions of equal participation and contestation. Recently, governments are increasingly challenged by citizens who feel that they are not adequately represented. Citizen movements call for modes of continuous and issue-oriented participation which exceed casting a ballot every four or five years.However, provisions for direct democracy are difficult to implement in certain political and constitutional environments since executive and legislative decision makers are hesitant. As a consequence, the debate increasingly focuses on rather soft modes of participation which allow citizens to interact with politicians while institutional provisions of political decision making remain unaffected. These participatory arrangements offer opportunities for citizens to consult with policy makers.

This is especially true for large-scale infrastructure projects. The demonstrations and citizens’ movements against a new airport in London or the railway construction project “Stuttgart 21” show the huge level of citizens’ involvement with such projects and the need for modes of participatory policy making which transform protest into feasible policy input.
The governance of large-scale infrastructure projects deserves special attention since it comprises a variety of stakeholders including politics, administration, corporations, and interest groups as well as non-governmental organizations and citizens’ movements. Furthermore, the issues to be discussed are linked to a broad range of academic disciplines, e.g. economics, public policy, sociology, law, public administration, business administration.

More information in the full CfP