About Classical Liberals in the Carolinas (CLC)

Recognizing that there are a number of like-minded academics, policy analysts, philanthropists, and business professionals in the Carolinas area devoted to the cause of liberty, the Classical Liberals in the Carolinas (CLC) was organized in August 2014 as a conference gathering to help bring these interests together. The organization has since hosted five conferences, published an ongoing academic journal, awarded five student fellowships, and co-sponsored three research workshops. The effect of all of these activities has been to highlight policy-relevant work that is being brought forward by academics, policy analysts, and other professionals in the local region. 

Classical Liberals in the Carolinas, Inc. is a 501(c)3 public charity.

About the Fellowship

During the Legacy Liberty program, fellows will work on a research project with a faculty mentor in their field of study who shares a passion for classical liberalism, open inquiry, and sound scholarship. With help from their faculty mentor, fellows will create an original piece of scholarship with the intention of future publication. 

Fellows will also attend networking and educational workshops throughout the fellowship, culminating in the Classical Liberals in the Carolinas conference in August 2020. At the conference, fellows will have an opportunity to share their research projects with other regional scholars as part of a poster presentation.

Fellows will receive free meals, lodging, travel, and registration fees for workshops and conferences attended as part of the fellowship. 


Important Dates

Nov 15           Application period ending

Dec 15           Fellows will be chosen and assigned mentors by this date at the latest

Late Jan        Welcome Event in Raleigh, NC

Feb 21-22      Scaled Up Seminar 3.0 at Western Carolina University (optional)

Mar 20           7th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium in N Myrtle Beach, SC (optional)

Aug                CLC Conference/Poster Presentation


Apply Now

We are now accepting applications for the fellowship. The Fellowship is designed for early graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students attending universities in North and South Carolina. Fellows will be selected through a competitive process of applications and interviews. A faculty nomination from a CLC member is required. The fellowship will be geared to students in economics, political science, history, legal studies, philosophy, and public policy. 

Deadline: All applications for the Fellowship must be submitted by November 15, 2019.

Political Economy in the Carolinas is a fully refereed interdisciplinary journal broadly focused on government and public policy in North and South Carolina. It is affiliated with Classical Liberals in the Carolinas, a scholarly organization of academics, policy analysts, and business leaders meant to foster research and discussion of classical liberal ideas in formulating public policy in the two states. The analysis and research in published papers can take a broad range of approaches. The editors encourage comparative empirical analysis with other states in the region or nation, historical perspectives, interpretive or theoretical essays, and philosophical essays that might highlight classical liberal ideas in the context of contemporary policy analysis.

There are no requirements in terms of approach or disciplinary perspective. Indeed, submissions are welcome from a wide range of disciplines including political science, economics, legal studies, history, and philosophy.  The only requirement is that articles be rigorous, thoroughly researched, and represent an original contribution to the literature. In addition, articles should be written in a way that is intelligible to a non-specialist but broadly educated and engaged audience that would include academics, public policy and think tank researchers, and policy makers.

Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words and should include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Once the manuscript is under review, it is assigned to a member of our editorial board, along with a blind outside reviewer. The editor then determines acceptance of the manuscript based on feedback received. Accepted manuscripts must conform to Political Economy in the Carolinas' style requirements. Citations should be in the author-date format, with full bibliographic information in a reference list and substantive notes prepared as numbered footnotes.
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