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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

CfP for Special Issue: "Protesting for Stability or Change? Examining the Antecedents of Conservative and Progressive Collective Actions"

11.05.2021, by Tina Keil in call for papers

European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP)
Deadline for Expression of Interest: June 30th, 2021


Guest Editors:
Emma F Thomas, Flinders University, Australia,
Danny Osborne, University of Auckland,

Research on collective action has experienced a period of innovation and integration, resulting in a nuanced, multi-factorial understanding of the factors that promote engagement in collective action for social change. Despite these critical advancements, the literature has almost completely neglected (what has been termed) system-supporting (versus system-challenging), reactionary (versus progressive), conservative or right-wing forms of collective action. Of the hundreds of published studies on collective action, only a handful have examined the antecedents of collective efforts to oppose equal or inclusive treatment for minority groups (e.g., women, people of colour, immigrants, refugees, or sexual minority groups). Yet, recent events highlight the “real world” prevalence and impacts of such phenomena including anti-abortion protests in Poland, anti-immigration protests in the United Kingdom, Germany, and many other places, the storming of the United States Capitol, and anti-lockdown protests. These (and other) high-profile protests demonstrate the increasing visibility and organization of groups which seek to resist social change, preserve traditional values, or otherwise protect the rights of (advantaged) majority groups across the globe.

This special issue will fill this theoretical and empirical lacuna to examine:

  • the commonalities and differences between progressive and conservative forms of collective action.
  • the role of intra and intergroup processes in shaping commitment to conservative collective action.

Theories and perspectives derived from the existing (primarily progressive) collective action literature could be applied to garner key insights into how people develop a political consciousness on particular issues, come to co-act with others with whom they identify and/or shift towards the use of political violence. Other submissions might consider, for example, the inter-connections between the rise of populism (and support for ostensibly populist political representatives, e.g., pro-Trump) and/or how broad ideological attitudes (social dominance orientation, right-wing authoritarianism, system justification) about the ideal organization of society foster commitment to progressive versus conservative forms of action.

Submission Details

Authors who plan to submit manuscripts are invited to submit a letter of intent to Emma Thomas ( and Danny Osborne ( by June 30th, 2021 including:

  1. a tentative manuscript title,
  2. contact information for the corresponding author,
  3. names and affiliations of all authors, and d) a brief description of the manuscript content (up to 600 words) giving key information about theoretical relevance, design and method, sample details, and implications of findings.

Authors who do not submit a letter of intent by the deadline may still submit manuscripts (no later than September 30th 2021), but these will be considered for the special issue only as space and time allow. Manuscripts (no longer than 10,000 words including abstract, tables, figures, and references) should be prepared in accordance to the editorial guidelines of EJSP (see instructions to authors).

Manuscripts should be submitted using the regular EJSP submission and review system, specifying that the submission is for the Special Issue on Protesting for Stability or Change. The submission website can be found at the journal homepage:

Important dates

June 30th, 2021: Deadline for expressions of interest from potential contributors
September 30th, 2021: Paper submission deadline
December 15th, 2021: Provisional acceptance of papers
March 31st, 2022: Revised final manuscript due date