Sidney Tarrow (Cornell University)

War and Contentious Politics: Introduction to an Understudied Historical Relationship

Social movements expert Sidney Tarrow offered a talk on the factors that define collective protest actions in the world.  His historiographic summary started with the French Revolution and covered current cases such as the impact of Snowden’s revelations in the United States and their consequences for elite groups.  During the question and answer session following his talk, Tarrow thanked COES and said that based on what it has achieved thus far, this center has an important function and a promising future for research.

** This interview was conducted by COES Post-doctoral Fellow Sofía Donoso.  It was produced by Andrés Rosenberg and filmed by Pajareza Films.


Leslie McCall (Northwestern University)

Comparative Implications of American Beliefs about Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution

Professor Leslie McCall based her presentation on the case of equity and collective action in the United States.  She highlighted the ambivalence that exists in the U.S. between concern over indexes of inequity and inequality and reticence in regard to making structural changes to the country’s free market economy.


Daniel Gaxie (Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Elusive Democratic Legitimacy

Professor Gaxie offered a presentation on representative democracy and addressed the fact that many European citizens do not believe that it is representative enough.  He noted that surveys reveal that they do not think that they have a great deal of power given that they can only elect a few representatives every four or five years.  Gaxie also explored the question of whether a society can be considered legitimate simply because it is democratic.

** The interview was conducted by COES Principal Researcher Alfredo Joignant.  It was produced by Andrés Rosenberg and filmed by Pajareza Films.