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About Laurence Cox

Laurence Cox has been involved in many different social movements over the past three decades and has been a Buddhist meditator for almost as long. He is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, where he researches popular struggles and anti-colonial Buddhism. His latest books are Why Social Movements Matter andVoices of 1968.

Articles by Laurence Cox

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The everyday power of movement activism

Activism is normal; what’s strange is that we don’t see it that way.

The twilight of neoliberalism: can popular struggles create new worlds from below?

If the ideologists of neoliberalism want to present it as the natural order of humanity, a more sober historical assessment points out that it has lasted about as long as Keynesianism did before it – a few decades.

Protest and social movements: a sine qua non for democracy

Laurence Cox interviews Cristina Flesher Fominaya about her new book, Social Movements and Globalization: How Protests, Occupations and Uprisings are Changing the World - on the mutual impact of social movements and globalisation, the ongoing influence of nation states, the rise of the autonomous movements and the importance of communication.

Why are the Irish not resisting austerity?

It has become a cliché to compare the passivity of the Irish in the face of the Troika’s brutal austerity programme with the active resistance of the Spanish or the Greek. Yet, the Irish are challenging austerity in their own way.

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