Mikael Carleheden

The analysis of the violence connected to such events as the G8 meeting in Genoa or the EU meeting in Gothenburg cannot be isolated from its context, says Swedish sociologist Michael Carleheden. He identifies a problem that enters deeply into the structure of democracy and sees the emergence of a transnational people. When this political people is confronted with politicians and institutions representing particular and national interests the result is a deep crisis of legitimacy.