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The SG wants to promote the study on social movements, political participation (both conventional and unconventional forms), transformations processes of political actors and contemporary political systems (with special attention on democratization processes and new forms of democracies), and new forms of governance that emerge at a local, national, and trans-national level.
The research on political participation has a long tradition in political science. In this field of studies, the analysis of social movements progressively increased within the study of political participation.  With the start of a new cycle of protests between the end of the old millennium, the beginning of the new one, and the emergence of the Global Justice Movement, researchers’ attention on social movements increased greatly. Together with this transnational phenomenon, also the territorial struggles against unwanted land use received much attention from diverse disciplines, always referring to the study of social movements and unconventional political participation. Such a field of research is intertwined with the study of alternative and complementary forms of democracy, such as participative, deliberative, discursive, and associative forms of democracies. In contemporary democracies, together with the decrease in conventional political participation, there is an increase in unconventional political participation which is a bottom-up alternative to public decisions, against a top-down model of decisions that is no more legitimized. Moreover, the importance given to the legitimation of political decisions in the public arena is linked with the attention given to the way such new forms of political participation enter the public sphere. Then, there is the need to research the interaction between the new forms of political participation and actors that mostly use conventional forms of participation, such as political parties, interest groups, associations, and trade unions.