The 15M (indignados) Take Power: The Case of the City of Madrid.

Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:40
Location: Seminarsaal 10 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Antonio ALVAREZ-BENAVIDES, Centre d'Analyse et d'Intervention Sociologique (CADIS-EHESS), France
In this paper I analyze the processes of political institutionalization of the 15M or indignados movement in Spain.

In other previous works I have analyzed how new parties as Podemos, have born and grown before arriving into the public institutions. On May 2015 Podemos and others political formations from the 15M won the municipal elections in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Cadiz and Santiago de Compostela. They have also entered in the government of some regions as Valencia, Aragón or Valladolid and have representations in almost all the local parliaments.

This time I will discuss how they are translating the 15M political demands and claims into real politics articulated from the new municipal governments. The proposed paper aims to make a comparative analysis between the demands expressed by the 15M, both in the demonstrations in the square and in the subsequent mobilizations since 2010, and the real political measures taken after several members come to power through the new parties and political coalitions.

To do this I will focus on Ahora Madrid, party emerged in 2015 from the confluence of different social and political movements, all of them related with the 15M, which won the elections of the City Council of Madrid. We'll see how the demands of the new social movements, as participation, real Democracy and dignity, translate into new formal policy after a year in the local government. I also analyze the reactions of the traditional parties to these new formations and governments.