Call per il «Premio Young Scholar 2022»della rivista Politiche Sociali/Social Policies e di ESPAnet Italia

Si segnala la Call per il «Premio Young Scholar 2022», organizzata dalla rivista Politiche Sociali/Social Policies in collaborazione con ESPAnet Italia.  

Il premio consiste nella pubblicazione sulla rivista del saggio che – dopo un processo di valutazione- sarà giudicato come migliore fra quelli presentati dalle ricercatrici e dai ricercatori under 35 nella XV Conferenza ESPAnet Italia 2022.  La proposta selezionata sarà oggetto di un’azione di mentoring da parte di due senior scholars. L’articolo sarà pubblicato nel n.2 del 2023.

La scadenza per l’invio degli articoli è fissata al 18 dicembre 2022.

Per maggiori dettagli si veda la Call Premio completa: Call_PS_Premio_2022_ITA_ENG

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy: call for Papers: “Street-Level Bureaucracy theory meets different Souths”

Si segnala una call for Papers per l’International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy (Emerald Publishing) : “Street-Level Bureaucracy theory meets different Souths” a cura di Daniela Leonardi, Rebecca Paraciani, Dario Raspanti

The Street-Level Bureaucracy (SLB) theoretical framework that has been introduced by Michael Lipsky (1980) focuses on the role of frontline workers in delivering public services. This strand of studies has had considerable recognition from the scientific community, especially in Northern Europe and in the United States of America. The adoption of SLB theory in Mediterranean countries, Eastern Europe, Asia, South America and Africa is still scarce. Adopting this theory in less studied contexts would advance the field and scientific knowledge on how the specific characteristics of different welfare systems, labour market, institutions, are important in understanding the implementation of services.

This Special Issue aims at gathering scholars that study public service delivery with the lens of the SLB theory in different Souths. We use the term “different Souths” to include those contexts that diverge from the most studied in terms of welfare state models, the role of the State, citizens’ trust in the public administration, degree of digitalization, and public administration functioning. The Special issue contribution to the SLB theory is twofold. First, we want to promote SLB theory adoption in countries with very different characteristics from those in which SLB theory was born and developed. A street-level perspective enables the analysis to highlight macro-consequences and tendencies of welfare states from the bottom-up, which do not automatically fit into classical categorisations (Esping-Andersen 1990). Secondly, our goal is to develop new analytical tools relevant for the whole discipline by setting the scene for SLB theory in the Mediterranean countries, Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. This could contribute to the theoretical and empirical advancement of the field.

We welcome papers that adopt the SLB theory to study street-level organizations in different Souths by focusing on:

  • the role of the context in affecting street-level bureaucrats’ work practices and possibilities;
  • service delivery from a comparative perspective to problematize the use of SLB theory analytical categories and methodological challenges;
  • the characteristics assumed by the bureaucratic encounter in contexts where the distrust in public institutions is high, and clients often takes public service malfunction for granted;
  • how frontline workers contribute to realize public goals and programs and their role to fill regulatory gaps or resource scarcity.

Both theoretical and empirical contributions are welcomed.

Key deadlines

Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 01/08/2022

Closing date for manuscripts submission: 31/03/2023

Closing date for abstract submission: 30/11/2022

Email for submissions: ;

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Call for papers for a special Issue in ‘Studi Organizzativi’

Call for papers for a special Issue in ‘Studi Organizzativi’, on the topic: Still in Search of Organizational Democracy: New Opportunities and Constraints (call).

Deadline for submitting manuscripts is 30th September 2022

In the past few years, there is a growing movement among scholars around the world to promote the topic of the democratization of work (, revitalizing a long-standing debate through scholarly discussions as well as public engagement events in many different countries. The publication and spread of the democratizing work manifesto, which has been supported by more than 6,000 signatures to date, made it salient that the success of such initiative is doubted without democratizing the very structures in which work is executed i.e., organizations.

Despite growing consensus among scholars that more organizational democracy is needed and that organizational democracy likely bears positive impact on the general well-being and democratic functioning of society (e.g., Budd et al., 2018; Butera, 2021; Timming and Summers, 2020; Weber et al., 2009), there is still debate around the ways in which organizations can best realize democracy.

The main objective of this Call for Papers on organizational democracy is to invite a conversation with the international scientific community, as well as with articles previously published in Studi Organizzativi (e.g., Sacconi et al., 2019; Butera, 1999; Butera, 2020) which have auspicated a fundamental reconfiguration of current modes of organizing and of their governance. Furthermore, the current Call for Papers is intended as a continuation of a previous Special Issue on ‘New Trajectories in Workplace Cooperation’ (see Signoretti et al., 2022), given that a substantial degree of cooperation around commonly agreed rules is deemed necessary to realize democracy, in organizations and society.

In light of these considerations, this Call for Papers not only asks whether organizational democracy is possible, but also how it can be realized, as we aim to discuss various forms of organizational and workplace democracy, while also recognizing potential advantages and constraints, the conditions that can sustain democracy in organizations, as well as its effects at the individual, organizational and-or societal level outcomes. Interdisciplinary as well as disciplinary based papers from organization and management studies, economic sociology, industrial relations or political sciences are welcome, addressing questions including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Are there different types of organizational and workplace democracy or is it, perhaps, a matter of degree of democratization?
  • Which internal (within organizations) and external (related to the organizational environment) conditions favor the emergence and persistence of organizational democracy?
  • What are the fundamental freedoms and rights (e.g., the possibility to ‘speak  up’, policies to promote inclusion and equality, other labour and social rights etc.), that have to be guaranteed to realize more democratic organizations?
  • Is there a role for social movements, unions and civil society organization in democratizing workplaces?
  • How is it possible to conciliate democratic organizations with the growing inequality in the distribution of resources in organizations and societies?
  • How organizational politics can be steered in favor of an increased participation of voiceless and marginalized organizational actors, rather than supporting powerful ones?
  • What are the implications of internal democracy for organizations, workers, and the broader society?
  • Could it be that certain ways in which ‘democracy’ is conceptualized make organizational democracy problematic, or perhaps even impossible, and why?

The special issue welcomes both qualitative and quantitative theory-driven studies, as well as conceptual articles. Essays and narrative illustration of cases that depart from the traditional shape and structure of scientific articles will also be taken into consideration, as far as they are guided by theoretical insights and puzzles. Also consider the possibility to contact one of the members of the guest editorial team in advance to discuss your paper proposal for the special issue.

Papers will go through the standard review process of the journal and should be 8,000 words (maximum) in length, including abstract, tables, figures and reference section.

For more detailed information, please visit the journal’s submission center (click on the upper left corner of the page to turn it to English) and the Editorial guidelines

European Societies: call for papers “Understanding Ukrainian Society Before and After the Russian Invasion”

Si è aperta una call for papers per uno Special Issue di “European Societies” dal titolo “Understanding Ukrainian Society Before and After the Russian Invasion”, curato da Tamara Martsenyuk (NationalUniversityofKyiv-MohylaAcademy) e Tymofii Brik (KyivSchoolofEconomics).

“The resistance of Ukraine against the Russian invasion has surprised politicians, scholars, pundits, and public intellectuals in many countries. The sociological scholarship was not prepared to address and explain this resistance. Ukrainian society has been understudied and underrepresented in mainstream sociological scholarship. Yet, local studies have shown that Ukrainian society has changed significantly after the Euromaidan protests of 2013–14 (also known as the Revolution of Dignity) and after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and part of Donbas in 2014. The outbreak of war in 2014 caused numerous deaths among armed forces and civilians, while internally displacing millions of Ukrainians. These tragic events also forged a new civil society, reshaped government, and increased the professionalism of the military. A new wave of volunteers and NGOs profoundly shaped individual participation in social and political spheres. A number of crucial reforms were implemented in different spheres: education, health, public procurement, armed forces, governance, etc.

We consider manuscripts that come in one of three forms:

1.Short research articles of 3,000–4,000 words based on most recent data.

2.Longer articles (4,000–10,000 words) based on empirical and/or theoretical work.

3.Commentaries and short opinion pieces of 1,000–2,000 words.

Please send an abstract of 500–1,500 words (or your full manuscript if already available), outlining the manuscript’s contents, including its methodology, data to be used, and fit with this special issue, alongside a 50-word author biographical statement, to timeline is as follows: We will consider abstracts until July 31, 2022 on a rolling basis. Authors who are invited to submit a full manuscript must do so by September 30, 2022. Articles will be published on-line in December 2022 at the latest. Authors submitting a manuscript to the special issue must confirm that their manuscript is not under review at another journal. Authors of selected manuscripts will be invited to participate in an on-line conference on the topic of the special issue in late 2022″.

Per maggiori informazioni si veda:EUROPAN SOCIETIS: special issue on“Understanding Ukrainian Society Before and After the Russian Invasion” 

Call for papers alla SISP 2022

Riportiamo la call for papers del panel 5.3 “The Missing Piece of the Public Action Puzzle: Professionalism and New Professionalism in Public Administration and Public Policy” della Conferenza SISP, che si terrà a Roma dal 8 al 10 settembre 2022.

Il panel è coordinato da Laura Cataldi (Università di Torino) e Barbara Sena (Università di Roma Unitelma Sapienza).

Di seguito si riporta il testo della call:

The significance of professionalism as a form of social organization (Freidson 2001) and mode of regulation (Crompton 1990; Kirkpatrick et al. 2021) of the whole society is widely recognized. It is also generally accepted that professions have an ethical and democratic mission: protecting public interest and producing collective goods and services (Jeggins et al. 1987). In recent times, climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic, and NRRPs have brought the world of the professions back to the center of public discourse and policies: the call for professional expertise and action seems stronger than ever now. Actually, the public sector has always been largely made up of professional bureaucracies (Mintzberg 1979) and populated by a variety of professionals, ranging from the more traditional ones (e.g. doctors and lawyers), to street-level bureaucrats often labelled as semi-professionals (Etzioni 1969) (e.g. social workers and teachers), to workers who simply adopt a professional perspective (e.g. public servants) (Pugh 1989), while not possessing all the required “constellation of characteristics” (Rabin 1981). Nonetheless, the lens of professionalism, intended both as ideology (Ventriss 1993) and process or “methods of achievement” (Dazell&Pugh 1993), i.e. professionalization, has not yet been sufficiently applied to the analysis of public organizations and policies. Thus, the panel can be an opportunity to address this challenge. Adopting a dynamic perspective of professionalism in the analysis of public action makes it possible (1) to overcome some misleading categorizations, starting from that one between bureaucrats, managers and professionals, (2) to broaden the expertise issue, expressly including a collective dimension, and (3) to give a thick interpretation of the ongoing processes, also in terms of institutional responsiveness, innovation and learning. On these fronts, professionalism and its – not obvious – evolutions toward a new professionalism (Evetts 2011), more inclusive, open and democratic, are key inhibiting or favoring factors to be considered. The focus is not the unresolved debate whether the public administration could be acknowledged as a “profession” and public management as a “professional practice” (Sarker 2019). Rather, the panel intends to promote a reflection on roles, jurisdictional boundaries (Abbott 1988), and spaces of situated agency (Bevir&Rhodes 2006) which different types of professional workers, in terms of status and power, have in public action and in all phases of policymaking.
Therefore, some questions are: What form does the agency of professional workers take in public action? Does it remain confined to the micro level or does it reach the meso and even the macro level, that one of political participation and policy entrepreneurship? Are professionals vectors of learning, guarantors of responsiveness, and agents of innovation and change in institutional contexts? How does their professionalism matter?
The panel invites theoretical and/or empirical papers (either in Italian or English) on these issues, based on single case studies or comparative analysis, using qualitative or quantitative methodologies.

La scadenza per l’invio degli abstract è domenica 22 maggio. Gli abtract devono avere lunghezza di massimo 10.000 caratteri e possono essere scritti in italiano o inglese.

Qui il link alla conferenza.

Qui il link per effettuare la submission.

Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia: call for paper “HYBRID AREAS OF WORK” (2/2023)

Si è aperta la call for paper per uno Special Issue di «Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia», curato da Valeria Piro (Università di Milano), Annalisa Murgia (Università di Milano), and Christian Azaïs (Conservatoire National des arts et Métiers, Paris).

Il numero monografico è dedicato  a come i processi di flessibilizzazione hanno eroso le forme di impiego standard, tradizionalmente incarnante nell’impiego (maschile) a tempo indeterminato e full time con una completa protezione e accesso al welfare.

Gli abstract  (500 parole corredate da 5 parole chiave) devono essere inviati entro 15 Giugno 2022 ai seguenti indirizzi:,, and

L’esito della selezione verrà comunicato entro il 30 Giugno 2022
La submission dell’articolo dovrà pervenire ai curatori entro il 15 Ottobre 2022 tramite il portale della rivista, disponibile a questo link:
La comunicazione dell’esito delle review sarà comunicata entro il 15 Dicembre 2022 per essere pubblicato nell’ Issue 2/2023.

Per maggiori dettagli, scarica la call for paper completa


La rivista Polis assegna il Premio Giovani alle migliori ricerche su società e politica presentate da
giovani studiosi/e. Coerentemente agli obiettivi della rivista, i contributi devono avere un taglio
empirico (senza preferenze per l’approccio adottato), un solido impianto teorico e un’ipotesi di
ricerca originale.
Ai tre migliori articoli sarà assegnato il premio. I contributi vincitori saranno pubblicati nel primo
numero disponibile alla chiusura della procedura di valutazione, riceveranno gratuitamente un
abbonamento biennale alla rivista e saranno invitati a un seminario pubblico di discussione presso
l’Istituto Cattaneo.
Il bando è rivolto agli studiosi e alle studiose di discipline sociologiche e politologiche che, alla
scadenza del presente bando, non abbiano conseguito il dottorato da più di sette anni (fatti salvi i
periodi di maternità, i congedi parentali o altri documentati motivi, come le malattie di lunga
durata). Tutti gli eventuali coautori e le eventuali coautrici devono soddisfare questo requisito. I
lavori devono essere originali e inediti e non sottoposti contemporaneamente ad altre riviste.
I contributi dovranno essere sottoposti direttamente attraverso la piattaforma della rivista. I
candidati e le candidate dovranno applicare i criteri redazionali disponibili sul sito della rivista e
indicare chiaramente prima del titolo PREMIO GIOVANI. Gli articoli, di lunghezza massima di 10.000
parole (note e bibliografia inclusi), potranno essere in lingua italiana o inglese.
Gli articoli saranno sottoposti a un primo vaglio di una commissione composta da membri del
consiglio editoriale della rivista. L’esito di questa prima valutazione verrà notificato agli autori e alle
autrici. Gli articoli così selezionati verranno sottoposti a referaggio anonimo secondo la regolare
procedura della rivista. Tutti gli articoli che supereranno il referaggio saranno pubblicati sulla rivista.
Tra questi, la direzione e il consiglio editoriale sceglieranno i tre vincitori/vincitrici del premio.

La scadenza per la presentazione degli articoli è il 30 aprile 2022.

Per ulteriore informazioni:

Call for paper Sociologia del lavoro -Labour migrations, disuguaglianze e regolazione dalla Grande Recessione alla crisi pandemica

La rivista Sociologia del Lavoro ha aperto una call for paper per un numero monografico che verrà pubblicato nel 2023 dal titolo “Labour migrations, disuguaglianze e regolazione dalla Grande Recessione alla crisi pandemica” a cura di Maurizio Avola – Università di Catania, Roberto Impicciatore – Università di Bologna, Nazareno Panichella – Università di Milano.
L’obiettivo della call for special issue è coniugare questa tradizione consolidata di studi con un approccio che evidenzi il ruolo degli shock esogeni nelle economie contemporanee nella ridefinizione dei modelli di integrazione degli immigrati nei paesi sviluppati, dei rapporti competitivi tra nativi e migranti, delle dimensioni e della struttura delle disuguaglianze. La Grande Recessione, prima, e la crisi pandemica, poi, hanno rappresentato infatti due turning point ravvicinati pressoché unici nella storia recente delle società affluenti, due veri e propri stress test che hanno contribuito a modificare gli assetti consolidati e gli equilibri esistenti tra modelli di regolazione, territori e categorie di soggetti, rappresentando al contempo vincoli e opportunità, tanto per i migranti, quanto per gli autoctoni.
Termine per la presentazione degli articoli: 15/12/2022

Call for paper Sociologia del lavoro – Trasformazioni del lavoro nella transizione ecologica. Lavoro, welfare e movimenti sociali nell’era della giustizia climatica

La rivista Sociologia del Lavoro ha aperto una call for paper per un numero monografico che verrà pubblicato nel 2023 dal titolo ” Trasformazioni del lavoro nella transizione ecologica. Lavoro, welfare e movimenti sociali nell’era della giustizia climatica a cura di Maura Benegiamo – Università di Pisa, Paul Guillibert – Universidade de Coimbra, Matteo Villa – Università di Pisa.
Il presente numero speciale di Sociologia del Lavoro mira ad ampliare il dibattito sul lavoro e le trasformazioni eco-sociali. Si concentra in particolare su concetti emergenti come transizione giusta (just transition), benessere sostenibile (sustainable welfare) e giustizia climatica (climate justice), per sviluppare una comprensione scientifica e integrata dei fenomeni economici, sociali e ambientali che influenzano il lavoro e le politiche del welfare da diverse prospettive.
Termine per la presentazione degli articoli: 15/09/2022

RSPP Call for Papers | Special Issue on Pathbreaking trajectories: Socio-economic and Institutional de-peripheralization of marginal areas

Si comunica che è aperta la call for paper per uno   Special issue su ‘Regional Science, Policy & Practice’, curato dai colleghi Giulia Urso, Neil Reid e Luca Storti dal titolo ‘Pathbreaking trajectories: Socio-economic and Institutional de-peripheralization of marginal areas’.

Questo numero speciale si propone di raccogliere contributi su  traiettorie e politiche di deperiferizzazione economica e istituzionale delle aree marginali,provenienti da ambiti di ricerca interconnessi – legati principalmente alla geografia, sociologia, scienze politiche e politiche pubbliche, economia politica e antropologia.

Gli autori sono invitati a presentare un abstract entro il 15 aprile 2022 a Luca Storti (, Giulia Urso ( e Neil Reid ( Gli abstract devono avere una lunghezza compresa tra 250 e 500 parole. Comunicazioni inerenti l’accettazione del contributo partiranno dal’ 1 maggio 2022, se il loro abstract è stato accettato per il numero speciale. L’invio dell’articolo definitivo è previsto entro il 1° dicembre 2022 e la pubblicazione è prevista per l’autunno 2023, a seguito del processo di revisione tra pari.

Per maggiori dettagli sulla call: