By Donatella Della Porta
Given the hot specialise in the demanding situations to consultant democracy, and the quest for brand spanking new associations and methods which could support to channel expanding participation, this e-book bargains empirical insights on replacement 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 controversy at the assorted dimensions of democracy, specifically in its participative and deliberative types. at the foundation of an in-depth research of eu Social boards, accumulating hundreds of thousands of social flow agencies and tens of hundreds of thousands of activists from all Europe, the publication explores the transnational measurement of democracy and addresses a proper, and little analyzed point of Europeanization: the Europeanization of social activities. From a methodological perspective, the learn innovates by means of protecting a gaggle of people frequently ignored in past reviews: social circulate activists. Qualitative and quantitative equipment are hired to investigate person motivations in addition to environmental dynamics. a number of the chapters mix research of the contributors’ attitudes and behaviour with that of the organizational features, tactics and practices of democracy. supplying a cross-national comparability at the international justice stream, the theoretical demanding situations of the recent wave of protest and supplying wealthy empirical info on modern activism, this ebook will entice scholars and students of comparative politics, sociology, political sociology, social circulate reviews, in addition to transnational family members.
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In fact, interests can be identified only with reference to a specific value system; values drive individuals to identify with wider groups in society, providing a sense of belonging and the willingness to mobilize. ). The process of participation therefore requires the construction of solidarity communities within which individuals perceive themselves and are recognized as equals. Identification as awareness of being part of a collective facilitates political participation. It is not the ‘social centrality’ (to which Milbrath refers), but the centrality with respect to a class (or a group) that defines an individual’s propensity to political participation.
Della Porta 150,000 people participated in the final march. The third ESF, in London in 2004, involved about 25,000 participants and 2,500 speakers in 150 seminars, 220 working groups and 30 plenary sessions, as well as up to 100,000 participants at the final march. 2 The choice of the ESF as a case study is related to its peculiar nature as an experiment in alternative practices of democracy. In this sense, we are not selecting an average protest event, but a critical moment when participants are aware that democracy is a central stake in the internal life of the movement as well as in the society at large.
The choice of London for the third ESF was justified, among other reasons, by the peculiarity of the British movements ‘struggling at the heart of neo-liberal power’ vis-à-vis the continental groups. The third ESF saw a growing focus on the issue of the war in Iraq and the position towards migrants and Muslim citizens in Europe and in the world – an issue that had already emerged in Paris with the debate around the participation of Tariq Ramadan, accused of anti-Semitism for an open letter published on the ESF website, in which he criticized certain French intellectuals.