Call for Papers & Book Reviews


 Special Issue on Anarchism and Democracy 

Important dates
Deadline for confirmation of interest EXTENDED to: July 31, 2018
Deadline for final draft submissions EXTENDED to: January 31, 2019
Special issue publication date (tentative): Vol. 12, No. 3 (July 31, 2019)

Guest editor
Brian D. Williams
Assistant Professor of Political Science
State University of New York at Cortland

About the special issue
Anarchism is a broad topic encompassing a variety of more specific topics. One such topic that has generated a fair amount of attention in recent years (and, indeed, dating back to the era of classical anarchism) concerns the relationship between anarchism and democracy. For instance, CrimethInc recently published a series on “the Anarchist Critique of Democracy” [1], and the Center for a Stateless Society hosted as symposium on Democracy and Anarchism [2]. At the most basic level of assessment, one can sort views on this topic into two broad camps arguing that these two ideas are, or are not compatible. Opponents argue, for instance, that democracy, even if reflecting the will of the majority, is still a type of rule, and as such is incompatible with anarchism. Those supportive of the idea are likely to point out that as long as collective decisions need to be made, democratic procedures and outcomes are more consistent with anarchism than the alternatives. Beyond this basic distinction there is, of course, a great deal of nuance, as well as various other aspects of this debate to consider. With this special issue, we wish to provide a forum to continue this discussion, and so invite submissions focusing on the interrelationship between democracy and anarchism.

Instructions for authors
Authors interested in submitting a paper for this special issue should review the “About TIA” and “Guidelines” tabs, found at the journal’s home page. If you would like to make a contribution to this special issue, please reply to this email with a confirmation of interest by January 31, 2018. Interested authors will be asked to send a final manuscript to the guest editor at by July 31, 2018 (note that submissions should be sent to this email address rather than the TIA email address found in the TIA website guidelines). Final manuscripts should include the following elements: 1. Abstract of around 200 words 2. two to five keywords 3. author bio/affiliations 4. Author contact information. Manuscript submissions should be sent as word files, and should be about 20 double spaced pages in length inclusive (including abstract, references, et cetera). After submissions are made, the guest editor will review the manuscript to make sure they are error-free and ready for print production. If accepted, you will receive a formal acceptance letter, a contributor agreement, and other information.

[1] CrimethInc series: The Anarchist Critique of Democracy. 

[2] Center for a Stateless Society: Symposium on Democracy and Anarchism. 



We accept reviews of new or recent (last 2 years) books that reflect our mission. The length should be a minimum of 1500 words but not more than 3000. Submissions should be sent via our online form in the ‘submissions’ menu of Theory in Action.


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* Public Sociology /Societal Justice / Activism / Change

* Labor / Unions / Collective Bargaining

* Globalization / Anti-capitalism

* Economic Analysis & Critique

* Marxism / Anarchism / Communism / Socialism

* Social Movements

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* Environment & Space

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* Education / Educational Institutions

* Critical and Revolutionary Pedagogy

* Art / Literary Analysis

* Media

* Historical Analysis

Theory in Action is an international peer reviewed journal.

Submissions should be sent via our online form in the ‘submissions’ menu of Theory in Action.