CALL FOR PAPERS: Public Policy in the Post-Pandemic Era- Priorities, Challenges, and Implications for Developing Countries

SOCRATES Journal’s Special Issue

  • ISSN 2347-6869 (Online) and ISSN 2347-2146 (Print)
  • Submission Deadline: 15th July 2024

Concept Note:

The COVID-19 pandemic profoundly impacted the economy, society, and politics globally, raising critical questions about existing policy discourses and priorities. The pandemic not only resulted in a significant death toll but also exacerbated unemployment, social conflict, and disruptions in education. These effects were felt worldwide, regardless of income status or growth rates, and have had lasting impacts on socio-economic conditions, many of which are irreversible.

The extensive loss of life and livelihoods has highlighted serious gaps in state preparedness for external shocks, underlining the urgent need for fundamental restructuring of public policies in the post-COVID-19 era. This unprecedented crisis has sparked a vital policy debate on shifting priorities from an exclusive focus on economic growth to enhancing social sector development. Additionally, it has reinvigorated discussions about the public sector’s role in providing essential goods and services.

In this context, the Journal SOCRATES invites submissions for a special issue focusing on public policy priorities and challenges in the post-pandemic era, particularly from the perspective of developing countries.

We seek high-quality, original research articles that address a range of topics including, but not limited to

  • Employment conditions and labour market reforms
  • Social security systems
  • Food security and nutrition
  • Education and learning continuity
  • Healthcare provision and public health infrastructure
  • Agriculture and rural economy
  • Migration patterns and policies
  • The evolving role of the state in public service provision
  • Youth Development Policies addressing Mental and Physical Well-being
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Youth, and Current Challenges and Solutions
  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Energy Issues

We are particularly interested in papers that explore the need for re-prioritization of public policies and the associated challenges in developing economies.

Submission Guidelines:

Submission Process:

Submissions should follow the author’s guidelines available on the SOCRATES Journal website at:

Review Process: All submissions will undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process.

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline:15th July 2024
  • Publication Date: September 2024

Contact Information:

Dr Avanindra Nath Thakur, Associate Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India at

Dr Saurabh Chandra, Assistant Professor (Selection) – Public Administration, Assam Don Bosco University,
Guwahati, India at

About the Journal

SOCRATES is a distinguished international journal devoted to advancing knowledge in Public Policy, Public Administration, and Philosophy. As a rigorously peer-reviewed and meticulously indexed scholarly publication, SOCRATES serves as a crucial platform for academic discourse and the dissemination of cutting-edge research. Committed to excellence, SOCRATES provides a forum for global scholars, researchers, and practitioners to explore critical issues, innovative theories, and practical applications within these fields. Each issue features original contributions covering a wide range of topics, including governance structures, policy analysis, ethical frameworks, and political philosophy.

Through our rigorous peer-review process, we uphold the highest standards of academic rigour and integrity, promoting impactful and influential scholarship. Indexed in leading databases and repositories, SOCRATES offers global visibility and accessibility to our diverse readership. Whether you’re an established scholar, emerging researcher, or interested reader, we invite you to engage with the rich content published in SOCRATES and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in Public Policy, Public Administration, and Philosophy. Join us in the pursuit of intellectual inquiry, critical discourse, and scholarly excellence. Submit your work to SOCRATES and become part of a vibrant community dedicated to advancing understanding and addressing the complex challenges facing our world today.

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