Democracy in Social Movements

Democracy in Social Movements

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This collection explores conceptions and practices of democracy of social movement organizations involved in global protest. Focusing on the global justice movement this book shows how they adopt radical new democratic approaches and thus provide a fundamental critique of conventional politics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 22.86mm | 525g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2009 ed.
  • XIV, 300 p.
  • 0230218830
  • 9780230218833
  • 1,890,476

Table of contents

List of Tables List of Figures Acknowledgments Notes on the Contributors Organizational Structures and Visions of Democracy in the Global Justice Movement: An Introduction; D.della Porta Global Justice Movement Organizations: The Organizational Population; D.della Porta Participatory Traditions within the Global Justice Movement; H.Reiter Consensus in Movements; D.della Porta Social Movements and Multilevel Governance: The External Dimension of Democracy; D.della Porta Why Are Social Movement Organizations Deliberative? Structural and Cultural Determinants of Internal Decision Making in the Global Justice Movement; M.Giugni & A.Nai Organizational Size and Democratic Practices: Can Large Be Beautiful?; C.Saunders Forms of Action of Global Justice Movement Groups: Do Conceptions and Practices of Democracy Matter?; D.Rucht & S.Teune Unconventional Politics Online: Internet and the Global Justice Movement; L.Mosca & D.della Porta The Generational Issue: The Impact of Organizations' Age on Visions of Democracy; H.Combes, N.Haeringer & I.Sommier Crossing Borders: Transnational Activism in European Social Movements; M.Pianta, R.Marchetti & D.Zola Democracy in Movement: Some Conclusions; D.della Porta References Index
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'Della Porta's new edited book, the culmination of years of group effort, shows that there is no contradiction between collaborative research and thematic closure, or between culturally-inspired and empirically executed work. Democracy in Social Movements eloquently shows how, from many different sources and with different ideological origins, the Global Justice Movement has painstakingly developed a method of internal consensus- building and deliberative democracy as it faces the forces of neo-liberalism. This is a book well worth having in the library of all scholars of social movements and contentious politics.'

- Sidney Tarrow, Professor of Government and Sociology, Cornell University, USA

'This is an excellent book on an under-researched but very important theme, and it explores this theme in the context of the major social movement of our day. Della Porta has done a wonderful job in pulling together a collection...which tackles the issue of 'democracy of movement' from all major relevant angles. Activists and academics alike have much to learn from the book and will find it a real treat.'

- Nick Crossley, University of Manchester, UK
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'Della Porta's new edited book, the culmination of years of group effort, shows that there is no contradiction between collaborative research and thematic closure, or between culturally-inspired and empirically executed work. Democracy in Social Movements eloquently shows how, from many different sources and with different ideological origins, the Global Justice Movement has painstakingly developed a method of internal consensus- building and deliberative democracy as it faces the forces of neo-liberalism. This is a book well worth having in the library of all scholars of social movements and contentious politics.'


- Sidney Tarrow, Professor of Government and Sociology, Cornell University, USA



'This is an excellent book on an under-researched but very important theme, and it explores this theme in the context of the major social movement of our day. Della Porta has done a wonderful job in pulling together a collection...which tackles the issue of 'democracy of movement' from all major relevant angles. Activists and academics alike have much to learn from the book and will find it a real treat.'


- Nick Crossley, University of Manchester, UK
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About Donatella Della Porta

HELENE COMBES is CNRS Research Fellow with the Centre de recherches politiques de la Sorbonne, Paris 1 University, France
DONATELLA DELLA PORTA is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, Italy
MARCO GIUGNI is Researcher at the Laboratoire de recherches sociales et politiques appliquees (resop) and teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland
NICOLAS HAERINGER is a doctoral researcher at the CERSO (Centre d'etude et de recherche en sociologie des organisations), Universite Paris-Dauphine, France
RAFFAELE MARCHETTI is Lecturer on International Relations at LUISS University and John Cabot University, Italy
LORENZO MOSCA is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute and is currently a research fellow at the Bocconi University (Milan), Italy
ALESSANDRO NAI works as a teaching and research assistant in Political Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland
MARIO PIANTA is Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Urbino, Italy
HERBERT REITER is Researcher at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy
DIETER RUCHT is Professor of Sociology and co-director of the research group 'Civil Society, Citizenship and Political Mobilization in Europe' at the Social Science Research Center, Berlin, Germany
CLARE SAUNDERS is Lecturer and RCUK Fellow in Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton, UK
ISABELLE SOMMIER is Professor at the Sorbonne, Paris, France
SIMON TEUNE works at the Social Science Research Center, Berlin, Germany
DUCCIO ZOLA is currently a PhD student in philosophy at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza', Italy
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