Future(s) of Democracy in the Post-Neoliberal Era: Problems, Protests, and Prospects

Monday, 16 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC48 Social Movements, Collective Actions and Social Change (host committee)

Language: English

Globally, neoliberalism is no longer the mobilising tool it once was. The neoliberal mainstream has been displaced, initially from the radical Left, but increasingly, and simultaneously, from the far Right. From anti-austerity to left nationalism, from solidarity economy to the eco-social commons, democratic alternatives to market rule have gained considerable ground, but have faltered with the emergence of new forces for autocracy and ethno-populism. This panel addresses the major challenges faced by these post-neoliberal democratic movements, in the current context of authoritarian populist resurgence, rising ethno-nationalism and global geopolitical polarizations., How are these democratic alternatives emerging, surviving, or evolving through social movements, and where are they gaining ground or declining? How may they be converging? How may they respond to the authoritarian alternatives? Where are they marginalised, and why? In this spirit we seek new theory and reflection beyond the current political nexus.
Session Organizers:
Seyed A. HOSSEINI FARADONBEH, The University of Newcastle, Australia, Barry GILLS, University of Helsinki, Finland and James GOODMAN, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Anna DOMARADZKA, University of Warsaw, Poland
Oral Presentations
Researching Collective Action and Social Change: Extending Michael Burawoy’s Extended Case Method
Thomas MUHR, Habib University Karachi, Pakistan; Susana MELO, Habib University Karachi, Pakistan
“Europe Was a Party”: A Theoretical Approach to Core-Periphery Political Relations in the Aftermath of the European Union (EU) Crisis
Adrian SERRANO, University of Zaragoza, Spain; Andrei Cristian MEDELEANU, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Anarchist Activism in Illiberal Democracies.
Grzegorz PIOTROWSKI, Sodertorn University, Sweden
The Future of Capital and Its Alternatives in 21st Century: The Essentiality of Economic Democratization
Seyed A. HOSSEINI FARADONBEH, The University of Newcastle, Australia; Barry GILLS, University of Helsinki, Finland
From Climate Crisis to Climate Democracy?
James GOODMAN, University of Technology Sydney, Australia