Anti-corruption from below: Social movements and societal accountability


Guest Editors: Donatella della Porta, Loris Caruso, and Andrea L. P. Pirro

Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS)

Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences

Scuola Normale Superiore


In the last decades, growing awareness emerged amid progressive social movements about the relevance of corruption as a hidden factor negatively influencing political and economic decision-making processes, in both liberal-democratic and authoritarian regimes. Against the immoral power of the 1 per cent, anti-austerity protests have for instance stigmatised the specific characteristics of corruption in the evolution – i.e. the expansion and crisis – of neoliberalism. Neoliberalism, as the second ‘great transformation’, has brought about a shift towards free market and away from social protection. Endorsed by international financial organisations such as the IMF or the World Bank, policies in various states have been oriented towards privatisation, liberalisation, and deregulation. Notwithstanding the envisaged separation between market and state, as well as the benefits of greater competition, neoliberal policies have ended up increasing the power of corporations, creating market distortions and forms of state collusion. These factors have ostensibly contributed to a crisis of legitimacy, which can also be interpreted in terms of a crisis of responsibility. Social movements have then denounced cases of rampant corruption, developing specific prognostic and diagnostic frames as well as knowledge and practices for social accountability of political and economic powers. In this special issue, we shall reflect on the characteristics of these collective actors, bringing original empirical evidence, as well as considering the theoretical challenges that they present for social movement theory. The guest editors seek to attract original comparative or case study contributions of any methodological persuasion, focusing on anti-corruption activism in different regions of the world.

Submission procedure:

Articles, written in English, should be submitted to the editors according to the following schedule:

-  Submission of long abstracts (about 1,000 words): 15 JANUARY 2017

-  Selection of long abstracts: 01 FEBRUARY 2017

-  Submission of articles: 1 JUNE 2017

-  Provision of peer review feedback: 31 JULY 2017

- Submission of revised drafts: 30 SEPTEMBER 2017

- Publication of the issue: 15 NOVEMBER 2017

Articles should be no longer than 10,000 words, including notes and references. A maximum of 10 articles will be published.

Please refer to the editorial guidelines available at http://siba-ese.unisalento.it/index.php/paco/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions

Please address any queries to the Editors – Proposals and papers have to be sent to the guest editors: andrea.pirro@sns.it; loris.caruso@sns.it; donatella.dellaporta@sns.it


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