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Donatella della Porta: Democratic Practices in Social Movements

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In this public lecture, leading scholar Professor Donatella della Porta explores democratic practices in social movements. Her extensive empirical and theoretical work investigates how social movements’ struggles for more democracy are paralleled by internal efforts to self-organise in democratic ways. By establishing deliberative and participatory practices inside social movement organizations, they challenge common conceptions of representative democracy. These processes of democratic internal decision-making and consensus-finding create new participatory spaces at the grass roots. Donatella della Porta’s work examines movements ranging from the Eastern European processes of democratization in 1989, the Global Justice movement, to the Arab Spring, the Indignados, and Occupy.

Professor della Porta is Director of the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy. She is author and editor of numerous books like Where Did the Revolution Go? Contentious Politics and the Quality of Democracy (2016), Meeting Democracy: Power and Deliberation In Global Justice Movements (2013), Mobilizing for Democracy: Comparing 1989 and 2011 (2014), Can Democracy Be Saved? Participation, Deliberation and Social Movements (2013), and Democracy in Social Movements (2009).

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