The project analyses the emergence of new kinds of world political activities. What does it mean to consider transnational social movements as political actors? Whom and how do they represent? Should we believe them if they often claim to have rejected representational politics?
Our main case is the World Social Forum, the new millennium's largest and most important alliance of social movements and civil society organisations.
The project also offers new possibilities to practice democratic principles. Possibilities for more democratic non-state activism are enhanced if the public and the activists themselves become more aware of the representational politics at stake. We contribute to this by making visible and bringing under scrutiny relations of power within and between social movements.