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Democracy in Social Movements

  • Donatella della Porta

Table of contents

About this book


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.


democracy Generation Internet Nation organization politics Transnational

Editors and affiliations

  • Donatella della Porta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political and Social SciencesEuropean University InstituteItaly

About the editors

HÉLÈNE 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 appliquées (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'étude et de recherche en sociologie des organisations), Université 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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'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