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Between the street and the state: What to do with people power.


You have three different ways of thinking about movements and power: autonomy, articulation and absorption. Most of the debate on the left is 'which is the right model of politics?' American politics is often about upsurges from below. They don't turn into a third party, they're absorbed by the Democratic or Republican party.

The Radical Pessimist, Kevan Harris reports on a summer spent examining the aftermath of popular protest movements in Ukraine, Lebanon, Armenia and Greece, and reflect on the patterns they share with most modern uprisings at home and abroad - a tension between political parties and popular movements, and a choice between autonomy, articulation and absorption.

Kevan's first book A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran will be published in 2017.

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Kevan Harris

Kevan Harris is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California at Los Angeles.


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