An International Crisis of Social Justice, Occupy Wall Street and the Realm of Policy
2011 was a turning point in what may be described as a crisis of social justice arising from the destructive effects of poverty and inequalities that were intensified by the financial crisis of 2007-08, and that fueled protests, occupations of public spaces and experiments in new organizational forms in North Africa, Europe and the United States (U.S.). This paper examines initiatives within the Occupy Wall Street movement that are having a role in shaping its orientation to the very question of its demands, or rejection of demands, and ultimately to public policy and the state, and asks whether the movement is a potential partner in pre-existing efforts on the part of traditional organizations to shift governments and intergovernmental institutions toward policies to promote social cohesion and economic inclusion.
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