What is the relationship between economic crises and protest behaviour? Does the experience of austerity, or economic hardship more broadly defined, create a greater potential for protest? With protest movements and events such as the Indignados and the Occupy Movement receiving a great deal of attention in the media and in the popular imaginary in recent times, this path-breaking book offers a rigorously-researched, evidence-based set of chapters on the relationship between austerity and protest. In so doing, it provides a thorough overview of different theories, mechanisms, patterns and trends which will contextualize more recent developments, and provide a pivotal point of reference on the relationship between these two variables. More specifically, this book will speak to three crucial, long-standing debates in scholarship in political sociology, social movement studies, and related fields: The effects of economic hardship on protest and social movements. The role of grievances and opportunities in social movement theory. The distinction between 'old' and 'new' movements. The chapters in this book engage with these three key debates and challenge commonly held views of political sociologists and social movement scholars on all three counts, thus allowing us to advance study in the field.
'Giugni and Grasso’s edited volume provides an innovative and meticulous perspective to a topic of great contemporary relevance. I highly recommend it to students and scholars of social movements, political participation, and political sociology at large.'
Sotirios Karampampas University of Shef?eld,The British Journal of Sociology 2016 Volume 67 Issue 4
Austerity and Protest: Debates and Challenges, (Marco Giugni and Maria Grasso)
PART I: AUSTERITY, ECONOMIC GRIEVANCES, AND PROTEST POLITICS
1. Political Mobilization in Times of Crises: The Relationship between Economic and Political Crises, (Hanspeter Kriesi)
2. At the Ballot Boxes or in the Streets and Factories: Economic Contention in the Visegrad Group, (Ondřej Císař and Jiří Navrátil)
PART II: SOCIAL BASES OF PROTEST IN TIMES OF AUSTERITY
3. Are Anti-Austerity Movements ‘Old’ or ‘New’?, (Maria Grasso and Marco Giugni)
4. Does Class Matter in Protests? Social Class, Attitudes towards Inequality, and Political Trust in European Demonstrations in a Time of Economic Crisis, (Anders Hylmö and Magnus Wennerhag)
PART III: PERCEIVED EFFECTIVENESS AND PARTICIPATION
5. Bridging the Protest Macro-Micro Gap: Investigating the Link between Motivations, Political Efficacy and Political Context, (Pauline Ketelaars)
6. Trust and Efficacy Taking to the Streets in Times of Crisis: Variation among Activists, (Massimiliano Andretta, Lorenzo Bosi, and Donatella della Porta)
PART IV: COLLECTIVE INTERESTS AND SOLIDARITY
7. Beneficiary and Conscience Constituencies: On Interests and Solidarity, (Bert Klandermans, Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, and Marie-Louise Damen)
8. Anti-Cuts Protests in the UK: Are We Really All in This Together?, (Clare Saunders, Silke Roth, and Cristiana Olcese)
PART V: AUSTERITY, PROTEST, AND THE LABOR MARKET
9. A Tale of Two Crises: Contentious Responses to Anti-Austerity Policy in Spain, (Camilo Cristancho)
10. Feelings of Hardship and Anxiety for Contentious Politics: Economic Crisis and the Unemployed Youth in France, (Manlio Cinalli and Pavlos Vasilopoulos)
Austerity and Protest: Lessons and Future Research, (Marco Giugni and Maria Grasso)
Published in conjunction with Mobilization: An International Quarterly, the premier research journal in the field, this series publishes a broad range of research in social movements, protest and contentious politics. This is a growing field of social science research that spans sociology and political science as well as anthropology, geography, communications and social psychology. Enjoying a broad remit, the series welcomes books on the following topics: social movement networks; social movements in the global South; social movements, protest, and culture; personalist politics, such as living environmentalism, guerrilla gardens, anticonsumerist communities, and anarchist-punk collectives; and emergent repertoires of contention.