By Donatella della Porta (eds.)
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The eradication of poverty and hunger is considered as necessary in order to achieve peace through justice (Caritas Internationalis), as a main aim of the GJM is ‘to prevent wars, accomplish disarmament, implement international standards’ (Friedens- und Zukunftswerkstatt). In connection, Donatella della Porta 21 ecological groups stress environmental issues, presenting the movement as seeking ‘alternatives to the capitalist system that widens the gap between the rich and the poor and depletes natural resources’ (Swiss Les Verts).
Donatella della Porta 15 that largely differ from domestic activism. Based on the empirical evidence drawn from the interviews, an index of transnational activism is proposed, combining information on participation in transnational events and linkages with transnational networks and campaigns. The results of this analysis show that key determinants affecting the degree of transnational activism of the Global Justice Movement include global justice identity, ﬁeld of activity, size, a network/campaign form of organization, the use of demonstrations as a form of action, and national speciﬁcities.
The movement aims at strengthening international law and institutions (Reclaim our UN); democratizing the international system (Food First Informations- und Aktions-Netzwerk); achieving ‘democratization and accountability of international institutions’ (EuroIFI, network for the reform of International Financiary Institutions); challenging and changing the dominant economic policies and the international decision-making architecture (the European Network on Debt and Development – EURODAD). The more traditionally ‘political’ organizations stress here the reform of existing institutions, the creation of ‘democratic institutions without mercantilist aims’ (Rifondazione Comunista), a more participatory governance of globalization, against economic power and transnational corporations and for a reform of the UN (Verdi, Italian Green party).