Special Issue "Democracy, Politics and Innovation, and Social Integration in the Contemporary World"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Contemporary Politics and Society".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 410

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Dr. David F. J. Campbell
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Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, A-1010 Vienna, Austria
Interests: comparative political science; quality of democracy; knowledge; knowledge democracy and knowledge economy; higher education systems; innovation; art and arts (artistic research)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The focus of this Special Issue is on cross-disciplinary discussions that reflect the ongoing and rapidly increasing societal, economic, and democratic transformations. These transitions are being driven by interconnections between environmental, political, and technological changes. There is a need to understand the broader systemic effects. The results are concepts such as knowledge democracy and innovation democracy, and an interest in applying governance for their implementation.

The currently arising global challenges include shifts in labor, work, and education, the need for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches in artistic and scientific research in order to promote democracy and the quality of democracy, fostering new socially creative environments, addressing climate change and global warming, enhancing gender relations and other references of equality, addressing implications of an aging society, managing migration, governing digital transformation and artificial intelligence, understanding the impact of technology on society and the economy and democracy, fostering future innovation, embracing new economic models, and activating art for societal transformation.

These radical transformation and transition processes will have far-reaching consequences for the sciences, arts, society, economy, and democracy. To elevate these challenges into productive solutions, we must broaden our understanding and adopt interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to reflective thinking, profound problem-solving, and the making of sustainable decisions.

In summary, contributions are welcome that reflect on knowledge democracy and innovation democracy, with wider ramifications for democracy, politics and innovation, and social integration in the contemporary world.

Dr. David F. J. Campbell
Guest Editor

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  • cohesion
  • global challenges
  • governance of knowledge and innovation
  • innovation democracy
  • interdisciplinarity
  • knowledge democracy
  • quality of democracy
  • radicality
  • sustainable development
  • transdisciplinarity
  • transformation
  • transition

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Language and Power: How Democracy and Pluralism Shape Patterns of Minority Political Representation in Bali, Indonesia
Soc. Sci. 2023, 12(12), 657; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci12120657 - 27 Nov 2023
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This study aims to portray the political representation of minorities using discourse analysis as a tool to analyse the 2019 legislative election in Bali province. Bali is a province with the largest Hindu population in Indonesia. It is necessary for minority groups to [...] Read more.
This study aims to portray the political representation of minorities using discourse analysis as a tool to analyse the 2019 legislative election in Bali province. Bali is a province with the largest Hindu population in Indonesia. It is necessary for minority groups to take strategic steps to express their participation and existence in political contestation. The power of language and the strength of minority political candidates have led to successful competition for seats in the legislature. The ethnically and religiously heterogeneous electorate sympathized with the candidate. Using a linguistic semiotic approach, the analysis results are obtained, and the use of language as a representation of Muslim power is aimed at the diction of “Khadimul Ummah”, or servant of the public. While this study uses a qualitative approach to semiotic analysis, the diction of servant of the public is interpreted using a binary opposition approach. The results of this study show that language creates its identity and becomes a figure of interest to the Balinese people as a representation of Indonesian legislative members in the electoral district of Bali. For most people in Bali, there is a belief that this diction is something that strengthens inter-religious harmony between societies. The significance of this study lies in the fact that language may have symbolic power for both ethnic minority and majority groups. Full article
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