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JULY 2017: 10th International Critical Management Conference Liverpool, UK
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7/3/2017 to 7/5/2017
When: Monday, July 3, 2017

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The 10th International Critical Management Conference Liverpool, UK:  3-5th July 2017

“Civil Society Organisations: Democratic Alternatives in Action”


Please go to  for the full call to papers


From Tocqueville onwards, Civil Society has been celebrated as an important site for democratic renewal, encouraging participation and critical thought and enabling individuals and groups to hold the State to account.  However, increasingly this image is being questioned by critical scholars who argue that the context in which CSOs operate and the way many are run undermines their capacity for democratic renewal.

In this stream we want to take up these issues and from a critical (and affirmative) perspective, examine the possibilities of CSOs as sites of democracy and participation, which offer democratic forms of organizing can offer an counter-discourse on which alternative forms of conceptualising CSOs and new forms of practice are rethought. We invite contributions that offer ideas on ways of advancing democratic and participatory organizational, processes and practices or even more radical ways of (re)framing CSOs. We therefore encourage, but do not restrict contributions addressing the following:

1.       What are the possible alternative models and practices of organizing away from business-like forms of organizing?

2.       What is the role of the critical scholar in engaging with CSOs? Should critique be taken from a distance or are more direct forms of engagement    possible and/or desirable?

3.       What are the ways of reconceptualising Civil Society that might produce radical forms of change? Are there dangers that might underlie such radical forms?

4.       How do the various funding environments that CSOs operate in shape their capacity for democratic organizing? Are the pressures towards professionalism operate differently in different contexts, i.e. countries, fields, or funding regimes? How does this shape their capacity to organize democratically?

The Convenors

Daniel King, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University,<>

Tracey Coule, Reader at Sheffield Hallam University,<>

Ellen Bennett, Research Associate at Sheffield Hallam University,<>

Jennifer Dodge, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy at University at Albany,<>

Enquires or submissions please contact Daniel King. We welcome submissions in particular from early career researchers, Doctoral Students and practitioners.


Deadline for submissions

Abstracts of 1000 words including references, should be submitted to the lead convener,<> by 31st January 2017.

Decisions for acceptance to the stream will be communicated to the lead author by the 28th February 2017 at the latest. Full papers must be submitted by 1st June 2017 to be included in the programme.

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