CALL FOR PAPERS! Political Inequality: Origins, Effects, and Remedies

An interdisciplinary workshop hosted by Uppsala Center for Labor Studies

Aim and Scope

Ideal democracy requires that all citizens should have equal influence over important societal decisions. In reality, however, glaring disparities persist, undermining the foundational principles of democratic governance. These imbalances manifest in various forms of political inequality, including uneven political representation, differential levels of participation, and inequalities in the distribution of political voice. Recognizing the urgency of addressing these divisions, the workshop aims to bring together scholars across fields to provide a deeper understanding of the sources, effects, and potential remedies of various forms of political inequality plaguing contemporary democracies. We welcome scholars applying different types of methods and data.


Format and participants

The workshop will adopt a presentation-focused format, with each session featuring presentations lasting approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Presenters are expected to provide self-contained talks, effectively conveying the essence of their papers to the audience. However, there is no requirement for presenters to circulate their papers to other participants beforehand.


Practical information

The workshop starts with lunch on Monday, December 11, and ends with lunch on Tuesday, December 12. The workshop is free of charge and includes food and accommodation at Krusenbergs herrgård for all participants. Participants are expected to arrange their travels to and from Krusenberg themselves (Krusenberg is located 15 km outside Uppsala and can be reached by car or bus). We strongly encourage participation from scholars of different fields, ranks, and backgrounds. The maximum number of participants is 20-25, and the number of presenters is 10-15.


Deadline and submission

Scholars who are interested in participating at the workshop should send an email to Karl-Oskar Lindgren ( by September 30. Those who are interested in presenting a paper should also submit an extended abstract (about 200-500 words) describing their paper. The organizing committee (Karl-Oskar Lindgren and Sven Oskarsson) will evaluate all submissions and communicate acceptance decisions by October 13.