Call for Papers: Public Relations and Democracy

Special Issue of Public Relations Review: Public Relations and Democracy

Special Issue Editor:Maureen Taylor, University of Oklahoma

What is the role of public relations in helping to make society a better place? Public relations can help all types of groups and organizations to participate in public debate.

This special issue will include the most current research and theory development about the role of public relations in building, sustaining, and advancing democracy and/or democratic interests. The concept of democracy for this special issue is intended to be quite broad and not limited to political campaign research. Papers addressing advocacy, community building, unions, lobbying, public formation, and social cause groups are encouraged.

The special issue will highlight a wide range of articles about public relations and democracy. Articles may apply any type of methodology (critical/rhetorical, case study, empirical) but public relations theory and literature need to be central to any piece. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

1)    Measurement of public relations efforts in democracy

2)    Theory development of public relations role in democracy building

3)    Civil society and social capital research

4)    Research about political or social cause communication campaigns

5)    Theory-based case studies of public relations efforts in nation building

6)    CSR and community building

7)    Publics

The deadline for submitting a manuscript for review is July 1, 2012. All papers should be submitted to the Elsevier website found at All submissions must be noted for the Special Issue on Public Relations and Democracy in the pull-down menu.

Submissions can include full-length articles (no more than 25 pages of text) or research in brief submissions (no more than 7 pages and in our format).

All submissions will be blind peer reviewed for this special issue. Authors will be notified about the acceptance decision by Sept. 15, 2012. Articles that are accepted will need to be revised and resubmitted to the Elsevier system by Jan. 1, 2013 with final acceptance for publication by September 2013, for Vol. 39, No. 5.

For more information and submission contact: Maureen Taylor, Professor, Gaylord Family Chair of Strategic Communication, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma, Norman 73019, Telephone 405-325-4015, E-mail