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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Neoliberalism in the Crisis

The event is part of the seminar series “Marxism(s) in social movements. Is Marx Back in Social Theory?” jointly organized by the social movement working group of the European University Institute and the Centre on Social Movement Studies during the academic year 2014/15 that will deal with

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Speakers : Prof. Colin Crouch (Emeritus Univ. of Warwick) and Prof Wolfgang Streeck (MPIfG). Moderator : Prof. Donatella della Porta (SNS)

Neoliberalism is a challenge to the democratic capitalism? If so, which are the potential alternatives that can help us to overcome a crisis that is both related with both market and politics ? Starting from their recent and important academic contributions, three scholars (two as speakers and one as moderator) will discuss the role of neoliberalism in the current crisis. This debate concludes the series of meetings that the Marxism(s) in Social Movements organized during the 2014/2015 academic year.

The debate will take place in the Altana conference hall, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi on the 22nd of May 2015, from 3PM to 5 PM.

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News

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

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Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

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A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.