A symposium by Hivos, ISS and the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy 6 December 2012
Around the world, a growing crisis of legitimacy characterizes the relationship between citizens and the institutions that affect their lives. Citizens speak of mounting disillusionment with government and the institutions of representative democracy. An age of ‘Global disaffect’ has produced an escalation of drastic citizen action that critically reflects on the changing role of the citizen in global politics. From the Arab spring to Occupy Wall Street. From anonymous to the Indignados , a new wave of mass mobilization swept the globe, stunning policy makers and observers alike. Amidst this turmoil, social media emerged as the alleged new magic bullet, changing the face and pace of citizen action.