Anastasia Kavada writes for The Loop about the concept of ‘project democracy’

23 May 2023

Anastasia Kavada has written for the ECPR’s Political Science Blog, The Loop, about the concept of ‘project democracy’. In the article Kavada notes how the concept of project democracy emerged from her fieldwork with activists from the ‘movements of the squares’. These included the Occupy movement, Nuit Debout and the Athens Indignants. The inspiration for the concept came from an interview with Mehdi from Nuit Debout. She goes on to say that project democracy centres around action, organisation and implementation. It is an understanding of democracy that includes the practices discussed in the academic literature on these movements: consensus decision-making, direct participation, inclusiveness and horizontality. All these are practices which themselves draw from different democratic traditions, however, project democracy helps recast them by placing action at the centre.

The full article can be read on The Loop website.


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