John Foran is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on movements for radical social change, both twentieth-century revolutions and twenty-first-century movements such as the Zapatistas, Occupy, and the global climate justice movement. His books include Taking Power: On the Origins of Revolutions in the Third World, Fragile Resistance: Social Transformation in Iran from 1500 to the Revolution, and the forthcoming Taking Power or (Re)Making Power: Movements for Radical Social Change and Global Justice. He is an active member of System Change Not Climate Change, the Green Party of California, and Santa Barbara 350. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Contribution to GTI Roundtable The Problem of Action
We need a new kind of political party, infused with the spirit of social movements and accountable to their demands.