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Given the new concentrate on the demanding situations to consultant democracy, and the hunt for brand spanking new associations and techniques which can support to channel expanding participation, this e-book 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 hobbies in Europe, this quantity contributes to the controversy at the various dimensions of democracy, in particular in its participative and deliberative kinds. at the foundation of an in-depth research of ecu Social boards, accumulating hundreds of thousands of social flow businesses and tens of hundreds of thousands of activists from all Europe, the booklet explores the transnational size of democracy and addresses a correct, and little analyzed element of Europeanization: the Europeanization of social events. From a methodological standpoint, the examine innovates via protecting a bunch of people typically missed in past reviews: social move activists. Qualitative and quantitative tools are hired to analyze person motivations in addition to environmental dynamics. many of the chapters mix research of the individuals’ attitudes and behaviour with that of the organizational features, strategies and practices of democracy.


Providing a cross-national comparability at the worldwide justice circulation, the theoretical demanding situations of the recent wave of protest and delivering wealthy empirical info on modern activism, this booklet will entice scholars and students of comparative politics, sociology, political sociology, social move stories, in addition to transnational relations.

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Usually, higher social status implies more material resources (but also more free time) to invest in political participation, but also a higher probability of being successful (via personal relationships with powerful individuals) and especially a higher sense of personal achievement. Psychological disadvantages overlap with social disadvantages, reducing the perception of one’s own ‘droit de parole’ (Bourdieu 1979: 180). Research on social movements has looked at the social characteristics of activists, reaching some similar conclusions.

2002, 2003, 2006a); the Groupe de Recherches sur l’Activisme Altermondialiste (GRAAL, University of Paris Sorbonne) and the Centre de Recherche sur l’Action Politique (CRAPUL, University of Lausanne, Switzerland) covered the anti-G8 protest in the French-Swiss region of Evian–Lausanne–Geneva and the second European Social Forum in Paris, both in 2003 (Fillieule et al. 2004; ­Fillieule and Blanchard 2006; Agrikoliansky and Sommier 2005). A survey was conducted in eight countries during the 15 February Global Day of Action in 2003 against the war in Iraq (Walgrave and Rucht forthcoming).

In our survey in Athens, we translated our questionnaire into all the languages of the countries involved in the Demos project and, additionally, into Greek. A fourth element affecting the representativity of our sample is, as for other surveys, the return rates. Due to logistical difficulties, interviews can rarely be carried out face-to-face. Respondents are thus asked either to return the questionnaire at a collecting point, or to mail them back. The return rate of questionnaires at the 15 February Global Day of Action varied, for instance, between 37 per cent of the questionnaires distributed at the Spanish march and 54 per cent of those distributed in the Netherlands (Walgrave and Verlhulst 2004).

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