Social Movements and Referendums from Below

Direct Democracy in the Neoliberal Crisis

Donatella della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos, and Anna Subirats Ribas

Social Movements and Referendums from Below

Donatella della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos, and Anna Subirats Ribas

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

176 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447333418 Published December 2017 For sale in North and South America only
In recent years, social movements on the left have increasingly begun to make themselves felt in referendums. This has been seen throughout Europe: in votes regarding independence in Scotland and Catalonia, on water rights in Italy, on debt repayment in Iceland, and on the financial proposals of the troika in Greece. This book presents case studies of those referendums and more to analyze the ways that social movements formed in the wake of the 2008 crash have affected referendums’ development and outcomes. Looking at general issues of democracy, as well as the political effects of neoliberalism, this book is ideally suited to help us understand some of the issues around Brexit and will be read by a wide audience interested in social movements, referendums, and democratic innovation.
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Swen Hutter, European University Institute
"This timely and original book bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. Della Porta and her coauthors forcefully show how social movements shape the dynamics of referendums campaigns in times of economic and political crises."
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