The possibility of participatory representation

For too long we have regarded participation and representation as mutually exclusive concepts. From the Squares and Beyond partnership. An interview with Paolo Gerbaudo.

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Antonis Vradis joins the Squares and Beyond from Athens, 3 July.

The possibility of participatory representation

For too long we have regarded participation and representation as mutually exclusive concepts. From the Squares and Beyond partnership. An interview with Paolo Gerbaudo.

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Antonis Vradis joins the Squares and Beyond from Athens, 3 July.

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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is a submissions editor at openDemocracy.

India hangs another despite pleas from eminent people

Possible innocence, the fact that guilt was never proven beyond reasonable doubt and that many impoverished accused are poorly represented - just a few of the reasons anti-death penalty campaigners cite.

Iran’s emerging institutional power and its effect on negotiations with the United States

President Obama has to reach a deal within the allotted time - before November 23­ - which is fast approaching.

Jeremy Corbyn and women’s experiences of austerity

Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for Labour Party leadership may also mean that the damage of austerity, particularly to women, is finally being recognised. 

Would the real Maria Gaidar please stand up

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Maria Gaidar, Russian opposition politician and daughter of a former prime minister, has found a new job – in Ukraine. What’s it all about?

Joshua Oppenheimer's moral intervention

The Look of Silence confirms Oppenheimer’s status as one of the most ambitious filmmakers of his generation. His cinematic approach aims at nothing less than a reconciliation between the Indonesian people.

The left's way forward

Why modern social democracy must be flexible and multifaceted if the left wishes to reclaim power in Europe 

Why the UK’s economy is still grossly out of balance

Investment is low, the trade deficit is growing, and what growth we have is largely driven by ultra-cheap money and asset inflation. This is unbalanced and unsustainable.

Communitarian governance: a public education challenge

A key goal of public education should be to foster a better understanding of the principles of good governance across all kinds of organisation.

Beyond liberal rights: lessons from a possible future in Detroit

Thirty thousand Detroit households have been denied access to water and sanitation, raising systemic questions about the liberal rights tradition. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights.  EspañolFrançaisالعربية

New Labour is 'unelectable'

Anything other than a Jeremy Corbyn victory will signal a disaster for Labour, who will be tripping over themselves to superficially differentiate themselves from the Tories.

Stabilizing Palestine with a better Gaza ceasefire: a new narrow opening

The US should allow a UN Security Council resolution that includes an end date for the Israeli occupation.

Why decriminalise sex work?

An open letter in support of Amnesty International's recent proposals to decriminalise sex work.

Misogyny and homophobia: patriarchy, gender policing, and the male gaze

Until there is gender equality, we can’t live in a world free of homophobia.

Varoufakis’ unspeakably shocking plan B

This Greek rule-bending ambition, from a position of weakness, violates the basic principles of financial realism.

Egypt's military economy

The army, now in government with international support, is increasing its economic power and is free to impose the conditions it deems suitable.

Homelessness in Manchester – the problem and the solution

Manchester city council has plenty of means by which to address its homeless crisis - it is just choosing not to.

Transforming the lives of women in trouble

Jobs, safe housing, childcare support. That’s what women need. Not prison.

A sad farewell - New Left Project closes

New Left Project has closed. Here the editors offer some parting reflections on their experiences running the site.

Jihadists and activists: Tunisian youth five years later

Refocusing attention on activist youth helps clarify the complexity of this historical moment we have variably called the 'Arab Spring' or 'Arab Awakening'.

A tale of two parks: a conversation between activists in Armenia and Turkey

... Nor Zartonk [New Awakening] the recently emerged leftwing Armenian youth association was there in Gezi Park. And they were one of the main actors in Gezi. They had a tent and when you entered the commune the first thing you saw was Nor Zartonk... From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Surreptitious symbiosis: the relationship between NGO’s and movement activists

For now, thanks to surreptitious symbiosis, it is possible to do sustained activism to bring about social change, without becoming part of a ‘civil society industry’.  From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Tweeting Squares and Beyond

Get your overview of the event here: Squares and Beyond storified.

Participatory representation: an interview with Paolo Gerbaudo

For too long we have regarded participation and representation as mutually exclusive concepts. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Believing women's narratives in Sweden and Norway

Too often women's oppression is sidelined as a lesser cause, and women's experiences dismissed, as two cases in Sweden and Norway show.

Renewing the Latin American connection

All the countries of those sitting around this table were born in genocide. In the case of Brazil, we were the world champion of slavery. So we are based on that! Sweet but violent. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Learning from social movement failure

I think we see four different pathways to failure in the Arab uprisings which are well worth examining… From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Solidarity needs to be infectious: a conversation between activists in Greece and Scotland

On the eve of the 2015 Greek bailout referendum, Robin McAlpine of Scotland’s Common Weal and researcher Christina Psarra from Greece, sat down to discuss radicalized generations, alternative spaces, and the need for solidarity. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Protests of the marginalised: an interview

A glimpse of refugee movements in Berlin and Los Angeles. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Getting ahead of ourselves: interview with an anti-TTIP activist

"What I am doing is fighting enclosure. This way of objectifying reality, of not being ‘with’ things, not being with nature, not being with the earth, not being with the ‘other’…" From the Squares and Beyond partnership.