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Network movement in the Czech Republic: peturbating Prague

Welsh, Ian 2004. Network movement in the Czech Republic: peturbating Prague. Journal of Contemporary European Studies 12 (3) , pp. 321-337. 10.1080/1460846042000312081

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The prominence of global fault lines organised around the environment and social justice revealed through global social movement activity has significant implications for established approaches to political and social science. In particular, the rise of network analyses and the increasing attention to complexity theory within the social sciences represent profound challenges to established paradigms. This paper engages with this intellectual terrain utilising the 2000 Prague IMF/WB action to illustrate the unintended and largely unobserved political consequences and implications of global movement for established approaches within the political and policy sciences. It is argued that the default assumption that social movement activity automatically revolves around nationally defined political opportunity structures overlooks the significance of movement capacity building activities within this ‘shadow realm’—the most visible element of which can be seen in the activities of the European Social Forum. The paper draws on data gathered under an ESRC small grant and a Leverhulme Fellowship on Leadership within movements.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1478-2804
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 01:52

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