Unsuccessful Pro-Roma Political Mobilisation: A Relational Explanation of the Opposition to the Roma Segregation in Rome
In order to overcome these limitations, this presentation proposes to adopt a relational perspective on mobilisation. Drawing on a series of interviews with members of pro-Roma associations and social movements, as well as with institutional actors, the paper aims to illustrate the mechanisms through which the policy of the Roma camps and the reactions of policymakers and politicians have worked as constraints to mobilisation and subsequent policy change. More precisely, the paper focuses on three main types of constraints: the ambiguous legal status of the camps, the involvement of third sector sub-contractors in the camps management, and the adoption of schemes for the political participation of camp residents to policy decision-making. I argue that adopting this relational approach fruitfully contributes to the explanation of the current failure of political mobilisations against the camps as well as to a deeper understanding of the recent strategies put in place by movements to overcome these obstacles.