Following sessions of the Working Group “Governance” are scheduled to be presented at the 14th EADI General Conference:

ID Session name Date&Time Room
WGS141 Activism, Social Movements and Polycentric Governance 24/06, 2.30pm S6
WGS142 Emerging Issues of Global Governance 25/06, 2.45pm S6


Call for Papers

WG govThe recent wave of democratic struggles and protests in the Global South (e.g. Turkey, Brazil, Egypt) have brought into attention the character of the middle class(es) and its agenda. The literature and media coverage makes references to radicalism and populism, but also to secularization and liberal values, marginalization of urban youth in particular, as well as relatively high levels of education and prosperity.

Our Working Group Session wants to focus on the particular governance mechanisms that give rise to contemporary forms of protest in various societies, inclusive of those protests that are characterized by a specific middle class dimension, and help us to understand the dynamics involved. Pivotal to such processes are economic and social policies affecting inequalities, civic education, civil rights and corruption, for instance.

We also encourage approaches that take into account the international level: that is institutions and processes of global or transnational governance which could be associated with the policies of international financial institutions, the activities of transnational private actors, the political developments in neighbouring countries, the influence of social networking sites, processes of migration, and so forth.

Conveners: Gordon Crawford (Centre for Development Studies Institute for Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds) & Liisa Laakso (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki)