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Women’s CSOs and Political Parties in Romania : Lessons from the 2012 Civic Protests

  • Ov Cristian Norocel
  • Raul Cordenillo
  • Sam Van der Staak
Publishing year: 2014-11-01
Language: English
Pages: 119-139
Publication/Series: Political Parties and Citizen Movements in Asia and Europe
Document type: Report chapter

Abstract english

This chapter examines the communicational dynamic between adaptive and flexible CSOs. It focuses on women’s issues and citizen protest movements on the one hand, and political parties on the other, against the background of the extended protests that took place in Romania in the first half of 2012. These protests led to two changes in the government coalition and a significant reshuffling of the Romanian political landscape on the eve of the 2012 parliamentary elections. With this in mind, the chapter problematizes the social media (for example, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) strategies of Romanian political parties and identifies several challenges that these parties face in the context of citizens’ increasingly fluid positions on political matters. It focuses on the digitally networked action (DNA) of CSOs focused on women’s issues to examine how future interactions can improve political party representation of citizens’ interests. The chapter concludes with a series of recommendations for Romanian political parties on developing a better social media presence to engage with citizens and improve the representation of women in politics


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • gender
  • political parties
  • Civil society organisations
  • Romania
  • civic protests


  • ISBN: 978-91-87729-71-3
Cristian Norocel
E-mail: cristian [dot] norocel [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se

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