GLODEM Center of Koc University
Welcome to the Center for Research on Globalization, Peace, and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). GLODEM is an academic and policy-oriented research center based at Koc University, Istanbul.
The purpose of GLODEM is to analyze dynamics of domestic and international economic and political interactions relevant to its three areas of expertise: globalization and political economy; peace and conflict resolution; and democratic governance. These dynamics include international finance and investment; new and ongoing conflicts; and evolving contexts of governance in established, emerging, and eroding democracies.
GLODEM engages academia, public agencies, private entities, and civil society organizations relevant to its areas of expertise. This engagement enables GLODEM to support meaningful, relevant research and analysis. This engagement also positions GLODEM as a central source of information and recommendations.
Alper H. Yağcı
Faculty, International Relations, Özyeğin University
Visiting Researcher, GLODEM, Koc University
The Global Recession, Inequality, and the Occupy Protests: Reconsidering the Linkages
Note: A slightly different version of this article was first published on the LSE’s British Politics and Policy Blog
Although occasionally derided for their limited direct impact, Occupy protests are one of the major global political waves of our time. The movement emerged late in 2011, but ‘occupy’ was found to be the most commonly used English word on the Internet and in print that year. The events started as a North American affair, when Occupy Wall Street protestors blamed the recession on the corrupting political influence of the wealthy “one per cent” and called citizens to action by occupying public spaces. Once this frame was out in circulation, grassroots activists replicated the protests in do-it-yourself fashion around the world, including in such unlikely places as Namibia, Yemen and Papua New Guinea as well as Turkey. Given their discursive target and their wide spread, the question that ensues is whether more Occupy protests happened in places with higher inequality and deeper recession.
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