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Democracy and Social Development

Call for Papers

Theme: Democracy and Social Development
Type: International Conference
Institution: Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP)
  Institute of Philosophy, Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences
Location: Hanoi (Vietnam)
Date: 24.–25.7.2019
Deadline: 20.4.2019


There exists a complicated relationship between democracy and social
development. Some people claim that democracy can only be implemented
and developed in countries which are able to foster economic
development and social justice and to guarantee human rights. For
democracy is necessary means for exercising human freedom and
personal powers. Indeed, in the process of human development the
emergence of various forms of democratic socio-political
organizations and democratizations is an important step for human
society. For democracy has served an important premise for individual
human being to achieve his or her freedom, autonomy, equality and

However, it is not easy to balance the dialectic relationship between
democracy and social development. Some argue that democratic systems
along with democratic institutions, accountability mechanisms and
check and balance provisions, social development can be properly
promoted. While others think that social development requires a
strong, centralized and highly autonomous government, especially in
those less developed countries where the democratic politics is
simply too unpredictable to provide a democratic structure hence to
develop a democratic system. Rather the emergence of democracy will
not foster the process of social development.

At present Vietnam is movinig fast in terms of the process of
democratization and social development. Although it has made great
achievements many new challenges also emerged. It is necessary to
explore deeper and true understanding of democracy and social
development, the conference to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam will focus
on preicsely these themes: democracy and social development.

The Conference will have some key subtopics:

1. The relation (dialetics) between democracy and social development
2. The role of  the state for promotion of democracy and social
3. Democracy, social development and  cultural context (cultural
4. Democracy, social development and market economy
5. The dialectical relationship between economic renovation and
  political renovation
6. The promtion of democracy and social development in the context of
  a sole party in power


Please send 300 words and a brief CV to Tran Tuan Phong
[], Nguyen Ngoc Toan
[] and [] by April 20,
2019. Full paper will be due on June 30, 2019. Well-developed papers
will be considered to be published by the RVP in its publication
series "Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change."


There is no registration fee. Participants will cover their own air
travel and accommodation (the local organizer will provide meals and
help find less expensive hotels).


Dr. Tran Tuan Phong & Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Toan
Institute of Philosophy
Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences
Hanoi, Vietnam
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