Working Papers Series

In July 2022, the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy launched a new working paper series.

The series seeks to publish early-stages and original research, particularly from early and mid career researchers. It seeks to convene conversations around AHCD's key themes to build a transdisciplinary and global network of early-career researchers and more established scholars, and to provide constructive feedback to authors to help develop papers as a step toward publication in a peer-review outlet.

Most of all, we seek to offer an accessible and welcoming process that can help scholars learn about the academic publishing process in a professional, friendly, and supportive way.

We welcome submissions on themes related to democracy and democratic participation, threats to democracy, and autocracy. The series is multi-disciplinary, and seeks to attract contributions from diverse fields, including but not limited to anthropology, economics, history, international relations, law, political science, and sociology.


Current series

The current special focus is on the rule of law and authoritarian practices. We are particularly interested in papers that examine the relationship between law and authoritarianism, whether at an international, national, or local level, including lived experiences. We understand law broadly, including both formal and informal legal orders.

We also welcome papers on the use of media/social media, authoritarianism and race/gender/sexuality, and transnational networks of authoritarian leaders, parties, and movements.

Working Paper No. 1: Daniel Quiroga-villamarín, Radio Silences: “the Kidnapped Voices” And The Production Of Political Memory In Colombia (1994-2018)

Working Paper No. 2: Juemarie Jiang, Casting Gender Light On Authoritarian Legality In China: An Inquiry Of Sentencing And Punishment In Rape Cases

Submission guidelines

Papers will go through an initial round of review and selection by the Editor. Selected papers will go on to receive comments from our editorial board members. Our review process is unblinded, meaning that your identity will be known to the reviewers, and their identity will be known to you.

If you have a paper that you think might fit, please contact Editor or Co-Editor. We are happy to discuss whether your paper fits the scope of our call before submission.

What the series can offer you as a contributor:

  • A pre-review of your paper to determine if it is suitable for the series. At this stage we may request some initial revisions, or advise you to submit to another outlet.
  • If your paper is accepted to the series, we can then offer one round of constructive peer review from experts in the field, intended to strengthen your early-stages work and help prepare it for submission at a peer review journal.
  • Professional copy editing and proof reading.
  • Promotion via social media and the Institute’s webpage.

What we are looking for in terms of submissions:

  • Original research in the form of an article, of a minimum of 10,000 and maximum of 14,000 words (not including bibliography/works cited).
  • A willingness to take on constructive feedback to strengthen your paper.
  • Timely responses to editorial queries (selected papers will be asked to respond to comments.

Please note we may also use citation software (i.e., TurnItIn) to verify that citations have been used properly.

Please send any questions or notes of interest to the Editors, or Co-Editor,

To submit a paper, email it to, cc’ing the Editor and Co-Editor.

The next round of submissions is due on 15 April 2023.


THE Team


Editor: Rebecca Tapscott, Geneva Graduate Institute, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy

Co-Editor: Ricardo Pagliuso Regatieri, Federal University of Bahia, Department of Sociology

Editorial Board:

Graziella Moraes Silva, Geneva Graduate Institute, Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Gopalan Balachandran, Geneva Graduate Institute, Department of International History and Politics

Christine Lutringer, Graduate Institute, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy

Guest Editors:

Werner Bonefeld, University of York, Department of Politics

Deval Desai, University of Edinburgh, Law School

Kasia Kaczmarska, University of Edinburgh, Politics and International Relations

Martin Krygier, UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Law and Justice; CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest

Geeta Patel, University of Virginia, Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures

Michael Woldemariam, Boston University, Pardee School of Global Studies

Editorial Staff:

Laura Bullon-Cassis

Gidon Mead