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Protest and the politics of unemployment protection in Western Europe

Number of pages7
Publication date2020-03-01
Abstract

The implementation of austerity has spurred in many countries large mobilizations, which have ranged from protests and the occupation of public squares to more violent forms of dissent such as riots. These events have drawn large masses of people with limited access to traditional channels of political influence and/or feeling that their interests are not well-represented by political elites. The aim of these protests is to oppose, disrupt or obstruct the dismantling of social protections. Proponents of the so- called ‘social movement society’ argue that protest has gained legitimacy as a regular feature of democratic politics. Thus, in the face of declining voter turnout, party membership and public trust in political elites, the legitimacy of social policy reforms rests also crucially on the ability of governments to respond to these disruptive forms of political participation.

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  • European Commission - MOBILIZING FOR BASIC INCOMES. SOCIAL INNOVATION IN MOTION [839483]
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GUZMAN CONCHA, Cesar Augusto, CICCIA, Rossella. Protest and the politics of unemployment protection in Western Europe. 2020
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