Learning from protests

Wednesday, 2017, July 26
The report is a collection of essays and articles written by activists, journalists and academics

Quadriga University of Applied Sciences and the Centre for Politics and Media Research at Bournemouth University launch a flash report analysing the 2017 Romanian protests

“#rezist Romania's 2017 anti-corruption protests: causes, development and implications” has been recently launched as a stand-alone, web-publication dedicated to Romania’s recent protests. Edited by Dr Ana Adi and Dr Darren Lilleker and published by Quadriga Media Berlin, the report captures in its collection of essays and articles written by activists, journalists, academics and protestors, a variety of perspectives of the #rezist protests, the personnel, the political and media environments and offers some thoughts regarding the impacts. In doing so, it raises questions regarding the future, the challenges faced by Romanians seeking greater input into democracy as well as those faced by a government attempting to retain power and legitimacy.

The report can be downloaded for free from www.romanianprotests.info

Peter Gross, senior professor at the University of Tennessee School of Journalism and Electronic Media, concludes optimistically: “The country is free from any foreign subjugation and influence, and in charge of its own destiny and it appears that Romanians are indeed waking up and battling to ensure they leave their children a future that is democratic and informed by a liberal culture, which does not include tolerating a corrupt political elite.”

His view, however, is not necessarily shared by Monica Macovei, former Romanian Minister of Justice and current Member of the European Parliament when writing about the reactions of the European Union and the recent developments in Bucharest: “For now, the only choice left is for Romanians to continue to protest and for the protesters to get organized and get active.”

On balance the essays recognise the limitations of protests, but also the determination of the protestors and indeed the current elites. It remains still too early to know the long-lasting effects on Romanian politics and society. Taking a democrat’s perspective, the protests seem to be trying to move the country in a positive direction. Despite the challenges one would hope that this movement has some measure of success in exacting reforms.

About the editors:

Dr Ana Adi (www.anaadi.net) is a Professor of PR/Corporate Communications at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Her consultancy, research and teaching are focused on topics related to online corporate and political communication, storytelling, social media and protest PR. Since 2015, she is also chairing the Digital Communication. @ana_adi on Twitter.

Dr Darren G. Lilleker is Head of the Centre for Politics and Media Research and Associate Professor at Bournemouth University. Dr Lilleker’s interests are in political communication and its impacts exemplified in recent works Political Communication and Cognition (Palgrave 2014) and Political Marketing and the 2015 UK General Election (Palgrave, 2016). @DrDGL on Twitter.

About the institutions involved:

Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin focuses on the training and development of executives from communication, politics and public affairs to human resources, sales and marketing. The university promotes interdisciplinary knowledge exchange, practice-orientated research and professional network building for career development based on the idea of stakeholder-oriented and communication-focused management. The university is a division of Quadriga, the Berlin-based knowledge hub for professional education, corporate strategy, networking and business IT solutions known for its events like the European Communication Summit, the Kommunikation Kongress and the Digital Communication Awards. www.quadriga.eu

The Centre for Politics and Media Research combines a number of internationally recognised scholars of political communication, media, political psychology and psychosocial analysis and is led by Dr Darren Lilleker. The Centre is based in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. The Centre is home to NewsLab, an industry facing staff/student co-creation and knowledge exchange hub, the Civic Media hub, and the Science and Media cluster. The Centre for Politics and Media Research at Bournemouth University has a track record for producing snap analyses of elections and referenda such as http://electionanalysis.uk or http://www.referendumanalysis.eu/.