Call for Papers — Law, Social Movements, and Mobilization Across Contexts

Law & Policy, a peer-reviewed journal published by Wiley, is seeking submissions for a special issue entitled Law, Social Movements, and Mobilization Across Contexts, edited by Steven Boutcher (UMass Amherst) and Lynette J. Chua (National University of Singapore). Submitted papers should advance theory on the relationship between legal mobilization and social movements. We take a broad approach toward legal mobilization to include not only litigation but also the use of law in lobbying, policy-making and implementation, and other types of advocacy work. We also construe “contexts” widely to refer to domestic, international, transnational, or other socio-political locales, time periods, or institutional settings, such as courts, legislature, and agencies. The submissions need not be explicitly comparative, though we especially welcome work that is comparative across contexts (as we have broadly construed).

Submission Guidelines:

To be considered for inclusion, please submit an abstract of a maximum of 1,000 words that clearly outlines the theoretical approach, empirical material, research methods, and any preliminary findings. Please send your abstract to both editors (email addresses below) using the following file title: “Your Name_Law and Social Movements.pdf” no later than October 15, 2015. Authors selected for the special issue will be notified by early December and will then be asked to submit full versions of the paper, between 8,000 and 10,000 words, by mid-March for peer review. We will consider longer submissions with sufficient justification, but submissions cannot exceed 12,500 words. All selected submissions will go through a double-blind review process.

Abstracts and inquiries should be sent to:

Steven Boutcher
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
boutcher@soc.umass.edu

Lynette J. Chua
National University of Singapore
lynettechua@nus.edu.sg

About the Journal:

Law & Policy is a fully peer-reviewed journal that is international and interdisciplinary in scope. It embraces varied research methodologies that interrogate law, governance, and public policy worldwide and contributes to current dialogue on contemporary policy in areas such as government and self-regulation, health, environment, family, gender, taxation and finance, legal decision-making, criminal justice, and human rights.

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