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Spontaneous Order (SO) is the digital publication of India’s leading liberal think tank Centre for Civil Society. SO aims to “explore the power of ideas” through a liberal lens and strives to provide a liberal platform for scholars, academicians, researchers and the like, who wish to analyse the country’s current policy landscape and/or wish to comment on contemporary topics.

Under the broader ambit of re-examining classical liberalism in an Indian context, we would encourage submissions on the following themes:

  1. Liberal reforms in educational policy
  2. Making markets work for the poor
  3. Liberalism in India

We accept article submissions to be featured on the platform on a rolling basis and welcome contributions from experts in areas such as governance, public policy, history of Indian liberal thought, political economy etc. Please read the guidelines for authors below before sending in your submissions to avinash[at]ccs[dot]in. Please give us at least a week’s time to get back to you.

Guidelines for Authors

In order to ensure uniformity and to provide a wholesome experience to our readers, we expect the authors to adhere to the following guidelines:

Content: The content of the piece should focus on imparting either a new perspective or new information to the reader. Keep you sentences short, and ensure that the flow of the argument is clear and backed by empirics wherever possible.

Originality: All submissions will be subjected to a plagiarism check; hence we expect authors to submit original pieces and give credit where it is due. If the article has been published elsewhere, please convey this at the time of submission.

Format: The article should not exceed 800-850 words and should follow English (UK). It should be cited in APA/Chicago style, along with a bibliography. Please send the article in a word document, along with:

  • a 50-60 word summary
  • a picture and 70-word bio of the author
  • picture accompanying body text, if applicable

Please note: The article will be subjected to a rigorous review mechanism. All decisions will be contingent on the compatibility of the author and/or the content with the idea of the blog. In case any misalignment is felt between the two, the review team reserves the right to reject the same.

As a liberal platform, SO holds in high regard the free exchange of ideas. Therefore, any author wishing to critique any particular strand of liberal thought is invited to do so, as long as said critique is free from vitriol and/ or unsubstantiated claims.