News from Aug 14, 2019
Authors: Swen Hutter, Hanspeter Kriesi, Jasmine Lorenzini
Published in Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen
In this paper, we outline a research agenda focusing on the question how interactions between movements and parties differ quantitatively and qualitatively, especially under conditions such as functioning representative connections or under the auspices of a crisis of representation. Our main argument is that, if unstable patterns of representation apply, and citizens believe that they are not sufficiently represented, these interactions become significantly more frequent, closely coupled, conflictual and consequential. This has implications for common analytical attributions that position political parties within the sphere of public institutions, and social movements as ‘peripheral challengers’ within less institutionalized arenas.