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Given the new concentrate on the demanding situations to consultant democracy, and the quest for brand spanking new associations and approaches which could aid to channel expanding participation, this ebook 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 of modern social events in Europe, this quantity contributes to the talk at the various dimensions of democracy, particularly in its participative and deliberative varieties. at the foundation of an in-depth research of ecu Social boards, amassing hundreds of thousands of social circulation organisations and tens of millions of activists from all Europe, the publication explores the transnational size of democracy and addresses a suitable, and little analyzed element of Europeanization: the Europeanization of social hobbies. From a methodological standpoint, the learn innovates through protecting a gaggle of people characteristically overlooked in past reports: social flow activists. Qualitative and quantitative equipment are hired to analyze person motivations in addition to environmental dynamics. a number of the chapters mix research of the individuals’ attitudes and behaviour with that of the organizational features, tactics and practices of democracy.


Providing a cross-national comparability at the worldwide justice move, the theoretical demanding situations of the hot wave of protest and delivering wealthy empirical info on modern activism, this e-book will attract scholars and students of comparative politics, sociology, political sociology, social circulate experiences, in addition to transnational relations.

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Haug et al. 3 13–14 July 2002 2 Thessaloniki Coord. 5 29–30 September 2003 2 Bobigny Second ESF 12–15 November 2003 1½ Paris et al. 3 16–18 April 2004 1½ Istanbul Coord. 1 18–19 December 2004 2 Coord. 1 4–5 November 2006 6 Frankfurt Coord. 11 January 2007 – Brussels Coord. 6 7–8 June 2008 3½ Kiev EPG 12–13 July 2008 – Brussels Fifth ESF 17–21 September 2008 3 Malmö Sixth ESF 2010 (scheduled) Istanbul Number of participants1 242 (M) 30 (M) >200 (M) ~50 (P) ~150 (P) 60,000 272 (M) 213 (M) ~300 (P) ~300 (P) ~150 (P) 51,000 ~200 (P) 255 (M) ~250 (P) ~50 (P) ~200 (P) 223 (M) 20,000 ~200 (P) 33 (P) 305 (M) 176 (R) 467 (M) 215 (R) 130 (C) 65 (C) 35,000 ~130 (C) ~20 (P) ~25 (P) 178 (R) 164 (R) 197 (R) 31 (R) 176 (R) ~46 (R) ~150 (P) ~32 (P) 13,000 Sources: Minutes, reports, registration lists and authors’ participation.

Survey data and internal documents on the issue of institutional alliances are used as illustrations of the way in which the institutional Left interacts with the forum at the local, national, and supranational levels. The forum process emerges here also as a space where varying left-wing actors and conceptions of the Left meet each other, with some cooperation and much competition. Interactions within and without the ESF are, finally, addressed in Chapter 10, on ‘Protest and the forum’, where Marco Giugni, Alessandro Nai, and Herbert Reiter, look at repertoires of protest as part and parcel of the activists’ conception of democracy.

For well-known reasons, surveys focus on individuals: indeed, they are not the best way to analyse either concrete organizational praxis or organizational values (Dryzek 2004). Additionally, they have to be used with care (and possibly triangulated with other, more qualitative techniques), when we want to study values or motivations in-depth. In fact, the very instrument of the survey discourages the active participation of interviewee and interviewer, reducing creativity and flexibility in the search for homogeneity and standardization.

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