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Given the hot concentrate on the demanding situations to consultant democracy, and the hunt for brand new associations and approaches that may support to channel expanding participation, this e-book deals empirical insights on substitute conceptions of democracy and the actors that advertise them.


With a spotlight at the conceptions and practices of democracy inside modern social routine in Europe, this quantity contributes to the talk at the diverse dimensions of democracy, in particular in its participative and deliberative varieties. at the foundation of an in-depth research of ecu Social boards, collecting hundreds of thousands of social move agencies and tens of hundreds of thousands of activists from all Europe, the e-book explores the transnational size of democracy and addresses a proper, and little analyzed point of Europeanization: the Europeanization of social activities. From a methodological perspective, the examine innovates by way of protecting a gaggle of people normally overlooked in prior stories: social circulate activists. Qualitative and quantitative tools are hired to analyze person motivations in addition to environmental dynamics. a few of the chapters mix research of the individuals’ attitudes and behaviour with that of the organizational features, techniques and practices of democracy.


Providing a cross-national comparability at the international justice flow, the theoretical demanding situations of the recent wave of protest and providing wealthy empirical information on modern activism, this booklet will attract scholars and students of comparative politics, sociology, political sociology, social stream stories, in addition to transnational relations.

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2004; ­Fillieule and Blanchard 2006; Agrikoliansky and Sommier 2005). A survey was conducted in eight countries during the 15 February Global Day of Action in 2003 against the war in Iraq (Walgrave and Rucht forthcoming). Additionally, Bedoyan and van Aelst (2003) surveyed a protest march in Brussels on 14 December 2001, Roth and Rucht studied protests against unemployment in four German cities, and Eggert and Giugni (2007) surveyed the events in Zurich and Davos in 2004. Beyond providing data on the sociographic and political backgrounds of the activists as well as their individual attitudes and behaviours, the above-mentioned research also helped to raise some main methodological caveats in this specific use of survey data.

Social movement scholars have considered the individual dimension through interviews oriented to assess paths into participation in protest events (Klandermans and Oegema 1987), patterns of activists’ radicalization (della Porta 1995), and the long-term effects of socialization in social movements (McAdam 1988). Research on these issues has employed mainly semi-structured or in-depth interviews and life histories; surveys have been rarer. Although sometimes used for discussing the characteristics of ­‘protest-oriented’ citizens (Barnes and Kaase 1979; Dalton 1996; Norris 2002), surveys on the entire population have usually been considered as minimally useful for analysis of social movements, since their members are generally too few to allow for statistically significant analyses.

Introduction 9 the need to refocus our attention from social movements as dependent variables, to social movements as (to a certain extent) ‘independent’ and conscious actors, producing changes not only on the outside, but also on the inside. Internal communication and democratic practices are relevant angles for the analysis of movements that are both innovative and pluralistic. In our analysis of the GJM, in fact, we want to shift attention towards what we can define as the emergent properties of protest.

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