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Radical Democracy, the Commons and Everyday Struggles during the Greek Crisis

Howarth, David and Roussos, Konstantinos (2022) 'Radical Democracy, the Commons and Everyday Struggles during the Greek Crisis.' The British Journal of Politics and International Relations. p. 136914812110671. ISSN 1369-1481 (In Press)

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Set against theoretical and strategic debates about theories of radical democracy, left populism and the commons, this article analyses and evaluates everyday struggles in Greek politics after the global financial crisis. It focusses on the cases of Vio.Me – the first workers’ recuperated factory in Greece – and the Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko, which is the largest social solidarity health clinic in Greece. Viewed from the perspective of commoning practices, the article identifies the logics that sustain the beliefs, values, infrastructures and institutions developed at an everyday grassroots level, finding traces of an incipient radical democratic ethos and rationality at work. The new initiatives highlight crucial and neglected organisational, prefiguring and subjective prerequisites for radical democracy, while challenging elements of left populist political strategy. Our evolving perspective also problematises their political limitations and strategic dilemmas as they struggle to constitute a viable hegemonic alternative to neoliberal rationalities and governance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Commons, Radical Democracy, Greece, Self-Organisation, Workers' Collectives, Social Movements, Everyday Politics, Co-Production, Austerity, Protest, Collective Action, Left Populism
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2021 15:18
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2022 14:29

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