(DIS)ENCHANTMENT The Development of Social Movements into Institutionalised Politics in Greece and Spain

Kamilla Priess, Nanna Mathilde Nordenlund, Marie Uldall Thomsen, Michèle Waili & Ulrik André Bøgelund

Student thesis: Termpaper


The imprecise nature of the transition from social movement to political party cannot be sufficiently explained with existing social and political theory, and thus invite to the study of the liminality between them. Trying to bridge the two disciplines, this project applies a theoretical framework consisting of Sidney Tarrow’s cycle of protest, Charles Tilly’s contentious politics, Donatella della Porta’s notion of movement parties, and Francesca Polletta’s notion of prefigurative politics. It is studied to what extent the social movement theories can help understand the development of social movements, their use of repertoires, and their connection with the new political parties that develop concurrently with them. In conclusion, the new concept movement party fills some of the theoretical gap identified. The use of the concept movement party shows how the liminality cannot only be seen as a one-way development from social movement to political party, and our findings therefore show the potential for pushing the boundaries of social and political theory in this field.

EducationsGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
Publication date16 Dec 2015
SupervisorsPreben Kaarsholm


  • Liminality
  • Social movement
  • Movement party
  • Social Movement Theory
  • Podemos