Meeting Democracy: Power and Deliberation in Global Justice Movements

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Donatella della Porta, Dieter Rucht
Cambridge University Press, Jan 17, 2013 - Political Science - 273 pages
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The concepts of power and democracy have been extensively studied at the global, national and local levels and within institutions including states, international organizations and political parties. However, the interplay of those concepts within social movements is given far less attention. Studies have so far mainly focused on their protest activities rather than the internal practices of deliberation and democratic decision-making. 'Meeting Democracy' presents empirical research that examines in detail how power is distributed and how consensus is reached in twelve global justice movement organizations, with detailed observations of how they operate in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Written by leading political scientists and sociologists, this work contributes significantly to the wider literature on power and deliberative democracy within political science and sociology.

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Donatella Della Porta is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute. Her main fields of research are social movements, the policing of public order, participatory democracy and political corruption. Her previous publications include Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences (2008).

Dieter Rucht is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Free University of Berlin. Until 2011 he was co-chair of the research group 'Civil Society, Citizenship and Political Mobilization in Europe' at the Social Science Centre (WZB), Berlin. His main fields of research are social movements and political protest, political participation, sociology of the public sphere and the sociology of conflict.

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