Protest Movements and Electoral Politics: Southern Europe in Comparative Perspective
What determines the prospects of contemporary protest movements, or lack thereof, to induce significant changes in electoral politics? Why some protest movements have been more effective in reshaping the electoral politics but not the others?
The contemporary wave of protests have been very influential in different parts of the world, from the Mediterranean to Wall Street and from there to Europe. As many scholars have noted, the rise of these movements have driven by a common set of factors, including increasing disaffection from mainstream politics, post-modernization, and globalization. However, although these movements were resulted from the similar concerns, the political structure they attempted to reshape differed immensely. Many studies have recently underlined the importance of interaction between protest movements and electoral politics, though little is known about the factors that influence this variable. In order to address this lacuna, I research on what determines the prospects of contemporary protest movements, or lack thereof, to induce significant change in electoral politics.
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