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Rediscovering protest: reflections on the development and consequences of the early 2012 Romanian protests

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Tatar, Marius Ioan

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Abstract Since early 2012, Romania has recorded an increased mobilization in the protest arena. Contentious episodes have erupted recurrently since then and most of them had notable political impact in curbing certain public policies, influencing election results and dismissing national governments. A new taste for protest actions seems to emerge in Romania since people are increasingly eager to challenge political elites on various grounds. However, the upsurge of protest mobilization in recent years came about after a relatively long period of widespread estrangement from politics and public sphere during the post-communist transition of this country. This article aims to reconstruct people’s perceptions of the socio-economical and political conditions in which protest mobilizations emerged in 2012 in order to shed some light on how and why Romanians have moved from apathy to political action in the aftermath of economic crisis.
Keywords protest; voter turnout; voting behavior; mobilization; political participation; dissatisfaction with politics; political behavior; political interest; economic crisis; budgetary policy; Romania; post-communist society
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 62-85
Journal Journal of Identity and Migration Studies, 9 (2015) 2
ISSN 1843-5610
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike