Retracing Protest Publics in Portugal: A Generation in Trouble

  • Cristina Montalvão SarmentoEmail author
  • Patrícia Oliveira
  • Patrícia Tomás
Part of the Societies and Political Orders in Transition book series (SOCPOT)


In 2008–2010, Portugal and other Southern European markets were hit by the financial crisis. Since then, new forms of political protests emerged in the Portuguese political arena. The pioneering protest, called Geração à RascaGeneration in Trouble—was a demonstration that took place on March 12, 2011, in Lisbon and Porto, the two largest Portuguese cities. This type of protest, here called protest publics, was self-organized outside government structures and mainly organized through social networks, signals the emergence of a crisis of the country’s democratic institutions and generates political change. The aim of this chapter is to analyse these protest publics in Portugal. The inquiry will show how the protests stimulated the emergence of a left coalition that has ruled Portugal since November 2015, the so-called geringonça (contraption, satirical expression of an unusual coalition), marking one of the largest transformations of the political scene since democratization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Montalvão Sarmento
    • 1
    Email author
  • Patrícia Oliveira
    • 1
  • Patrícia Tomás
    • 1
  1. 1.Political Observatory and Portuguese Journal of Political Science (PJPS), Institute of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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