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Networked Politics

Networked Politics: rethinking political organisation in an age of
movements and networks

/Networked Politics/ is the product of a collaborative research process
for rethinking political organisation in an age of movements and
networks. In a world where the traditional institutions of democratic
control have been weakened by an unconstrained global market and
superpower military ambitions, it uncovers diverse forms of resistance
with the potential to create new institutions for social change. The
authors set out the principles upon which such transformations should be
based, and the challenges that stand in the way of their realisation.

The discussion is then pursued along four interrelated lines of inquiry.
These examine social movements, including their development of new forms
of knowledge and organisation; progressive political parties, and
attempts to bring about transformative forms of political
respresentation; the dangers and opportunities facing the development of
political institutions in a network society; and the potential of new
techno-political tools for facilitating and reconceiving political
organisation. A series of case studies are also offered, drawing
critical lessons from the experience of the German Green Party; the 2006
French mobilisation against the controversial CPE employment law; and an
extended discussion on 'open source as a metaphor for new institutions'.

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o networks / movements
o state / public institutions
o political representation / political parties
o techno-political tools
* Discussion: Open source as a metaphor for new institutions


Networked Politics presents 'work in progress' that was discussed at
seminars in Barcelona, Manchester and Bologna by:

Ezequiel Adamovsky, Christophe Aguiton, David Beetham, Franco Berardi
('Bifo'), Marco Berlinguer, Quim Brugué, Salvatore Buonamici, Angel
Calle, Geraldo Campos, Dominique Cardon, Luciana Castelina, Pedro
Chavez, Branka Curcic, Alex Foti, Jane Foot, Mayo Fuster i Morell, Gemma
Galdon Clavell, Ricard Gomà, Cornelia Hildebrandt, Brian Holmes, Jamie
King, Carolyn Leckie, Achour Boukkaz Mehdi, Sandro Mezzadra, Moema
Miranda, Alan McCombes, Javier Navascués, Jaume Nualart, Lluc Pelàez,
Inês Pereira, Sheila Rowbotham, Joan Subirats, Marco Trotta, Iñaki
Vazquez, Ricard Vilaregut, Asbjorn Wahl, Hilary Wainwright, Frieder Otto

Editors: Hilary Wainwright, Oscar Reyes, Marco Berlinguer, Fiona Dove,
Mayo Fuster i Morrell and Joan Subirats

Multitudes is a newserve founded by members of The Otolith Group in 2000. Multitudes is dedicated to the distribution of alternative networks of information on art, tactical media, politics, and modes of intervention in the context of the Global South. This network has no connection with the Multitudes journal from France, or with the term 'The Multitude', as coined by the Italian philosopher Antonio Negri. It is perhaps more helpful to see 'Multitudes' as having arisen out of a moment of 'Morphic Resonance', a process described by the Association of Autonomous Astronauts of simultaneous emergence.
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