The changing dynamics of the global system have been matched by a re-emergence and transformation of popular contestation, mass mobilization and new kinds of social movements. Not only the revolts witnessed across the Middle East but also the “pink tide” in Latin America bear testimony to this phenomenon.What is the nature of these variegated movements? Which elements derive from previous epochs, and which from new social, economic and technological configurations? What relationship do they bear to the notions of “authoritarianism” and “democratic transition”, and to the changing global political economy as a whole?
EPP offers a space for research, debate and engaged scholarship on these questions. The revolts in the Middle East are a particular area of focus, with a concern for comparison and dialogue in other areas of the Global South.