This working paper examines the connection between social movements, active citizenship, and democratic innovation. The paper defines the terms of social movements and active citizenship as a way to establish the categorical apparatus. It then, briefly, analyses literature on social movements as democratizing agents as well as some reasons for the reemergence of social movements in Southeastern Europe. Finally, the paper analyzes the concept of democratic innovation, its definition, theoretical and methodological approaches as well as empirical findings in the area. It concludes with the reflection suggesting that further research is needed in order to link the relationship between social movements and democratic innovation.

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