Activism after Seattle: Dilemmas of the anti-globalisation movement

Bleiker, Roland (2002) Activism after Seattle: Dilemmas of the anti-globalisation movement. Pacifica Review: Peace, Security and Global Change (Australia), 14 3: 191-207.


Author Bleiker, Roland
Title Activism after Seattle: Dilemmas of the anti-globalisation movement
Journal name Pacifica Review: Peace, Security and Global Change (Australia)
ISSN 1323-9104
1469-9974
Publication date 2002-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1323910022000023138
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 191
End page 207
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 2001 Communication and Media Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture
Abstract The fact that countless people around the globe see street protests against the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organisation and the World Bank as the only means to voice their opinions indicates a systemic and alarming crisis of legitimacy, one that has to do with the lack of democratic accountability of the major multilateral institutions that shape the world economy. To understand the ensuing dynamics, it is necessary to portray globalisation as a multiple and at times contradictory process: not only as a disempowering encroachment of large and unaccountable economic structures, but also as an evolution that has opened up new possibilities for popular participation in the struggle over global governance. But an increase in political in uence also calls for additional moral responsibility, or so at least it should. Among the many political dilemmas that the new breed of diverse global activists face, and that this essay discusses, are the choice between violent and nonviolent means of protest and the struggle over voice and representation, the question of who can legitimately speak for whom. c 2002 Taylor & Francis Ltd
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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