Call for Papers for a special issue on “Polycrisis”

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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Polycrisis

We are excited to announce a call for papers for a forthcoming special issue titled “Polycrisis,” to be edited by Charles Dannreuther, Annina Kaltenbrunner, and Oliver Kessler. This issue seeks to delve into the complex and multifaceted challenges posed by the contemporary global political economy, characterized by a myriad of crises signaling a possible end to neoliberal globalization.


The concept of polycrisis encapsulates the intertwined nature of current global crises, highlighting a shift in focus towards degrowth and ecological challenges over progress and prosperity. This thematic exploration aims to interrogate the collective imaginary of uncertainty, fragility, and terminal decline that defines our era, examining the decline of welfare coverage, democratic institutions, and norms around legal justice within this context.

We Invite Submissions on Topics Including, but Not Limited to:

  • The impact of polycrisis on our understanding of political economy.
  • How polycrisis has reshaped institutional and societal configurations globally.
  • The redefinition of relationships between the democracies of the North and their former colonies in the context of polycrisis.
  • The drivers behind the loosening and reforming of global politics’ spatio-temporal fixes under polycrisis.
  • Implications of polycrisis for political agency and the potential forms this may take.
  • Evaluation of whether polycrisis signals an era of Post-Democracy, a multitude or subaltern political economy.
  • The evolution, revolution, or collapse of global monetary and economic structures as indicated by polycrisis.
  • Traditional political economy concerns in analyzing polycrisis and new research agendas it presents.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: April 1, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2024
  • Author Workshop: September 3, 2024, in Bilbao
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: October 1, 2024

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and must be sent to Katharina Kassar at

Publication Process:

REPE supports ‘online first publishing.’ Papers will be published online upon acceptance after undergoing peer review by 2-3 independent reviewers, possibly ahead of the full issue’s publication date. All submissions will go through a rigorous peer review process in accordance with REPE’s standards.

Guest Editors:

  • Charles Dannreuther, University of Leeds, UK
  • Annina Kaltenbrunner, University of Leeds, UK
  • Oliver Kessler, University of Erfurt, Germany

We look forward to your contributions and to advancing the discourse on the multifaceted challenges and implications of the polycrisis. For more details, please contact the guest editors.