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Donatella Della Porta, Lorenzo Cini, and César Guzmán-Concha

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529208627

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529208627.001.0001

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Student Politics

Student Politics

(p.97) 4 Student Politics
Contesting Higher Education

Donatella della Porta

Lorenzo Cini

César Guzmán-Concha

Policy Press

This chapter examines the different dimensions of student politics and their differences in the four cases. Student organizations differ significantly across countries. Previous research has singled out different models of student representation in decision-making instances, as well as the different traditions of activism and politicization of the student body. The chapter argues that these differences must be considered to understand the capacity of students to become significant and/or influential political actors — even if they rarely exert an influence in a continuous manner. The four cases studied in this book cover four configurations that result from the combinations of (fragmented or coordinated) movement politics and (more or less institutionalized) union politics. Besides providing an historical narrative of student activism in the four regions, the chapter explains how these four configurations have shaped the options for students to generalize a platform of demands and mobilize in each region.

Keywords:   student politics, student organizations, movement politics, union politics, student activism

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