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Leading scholar Professor Donatella della Porta will explore democratic practices in social movements in this public lecture. 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 organisations, 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. Professor Donatella della Porta's work examines movements ranging from the Eastern European processes of democratisation in 1989, the Global Justice movement, to the Arab Spring, the Indignados, and Occupy.

Professor Donatella 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, including Where Did the Revolution Go? Contentious Politics and the Quality of Democracy (2016), Meeting Democracy: Power and Deliberation In Global Justice Movements (2014) and Democracy in Social Movements (2007).

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