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Non-Western Social Movements and Participatory Democracy

Protest in the Age of Transnationalism

  • Ekim Arbatli
  • Dina Rosenberg

Benefits

  • Analyzes recent social movements and protests in the non-Western world

  • Investigates political demands and protesters’ mobilization strategies

  • Focuses on the concept of participatory democracy

Book

Part of the Societies and Political Orders in Transition book series (SOCPOT)

About this book

Introduction

This book analyzes social movements across a range of countries in the non-Western world: Bosnia, Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Palestine, Russia, Syria, Turkey and Ukraine in the period 2008 to 2016. The individual case studies investigate how political and social goals are framed nationally and globally, and the types of mobilization strategies used to pursue them. The studies also assess how, in the age of transnationalism, the idea of participatory democracy produces new collective-action frames and mass-mobilization strategies.

The book challenges the view that most social movements unequivocally seek to achieve higher levels of democratization. Instead, the authors argue that protesters across different movements advocate more involved forms of citizen participation, since passive representation through liberal democratic institutions fails to address mass grievances and demands for accountability in many countries.

Keywords

Social movements Political protests Participatory democracy Liberal democracy Transnationalism Non-Western social movements

Editors and affiliations

  • Ekim Arbatli
    • 1
  • Dina Rosenberg
    • 2
  1. 1.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia
  2. 2.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia

About the editors

Ekim Arbatli is an assistant professor of political science in the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. She received her MA and PhD degrees in Political Science from University of Connecticut. Her current research focuses on regime transitions and political instability, with a specific focus on Russia and Turkey. She recently published her work in Communist & Postcommunist Studies and Conflict Management & Peace Science.

Dina Rosenberg is an assistant professor of political science in the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. She earned her MA and PhD degrees in Political Science from Binghamton University. Her current research focuses on political institutions and comparative political economy, with a specific focus on innovations.  She published her most recent work in Review of Policy Research. 

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