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This paper analyses the major features of transnational networks in global social movements. Contesting their interpretation as simple internationalisation of domestic experiences, this paper identifies the fundamental novelty of such networks with three key elements: first, they constitute the backbone of a new political agency that it is openly global, thus different from traditional contentious agency at the national level; second, they show a degree of political maturation from local and national protest to global proposal; and finally, they developed a specific political skill in both challenging and implementing institutional policy-making at the state and international level. These three elements characterise the unique nature of transnational social networks as key elements for understanding global politics in general, and global contentious politics in particular.
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