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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Between right-wing and left-wing mobilizations. Anti-government protests in Central and Eastern Europe.

On the 24th of May, from 2pm to 4pm, Laszlo Bruszt (European University Institute), Ondrej Cisar (Charles University, Prague) and Andrea Pirro (Scuola Normale Superiore) will join us for a COSMOS roundtable to discuss about the recent anti-government protests in Central and Eastern European countries.

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A COSMOS roundtable to discuss the current left-wing and right-wing grassroots politics in Central and Eastern European countries.

Recently protests against the government’s attempt to shut down Central European University hit the news in several countries across the world. However, in the past decades people living in Central and Eastern European countries mobilized on several issues – from environmental problems to civil right violations, from the refugees crisis to political corruption -, taking the streets in a wave of anti-government protests in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania just to name a few.

We invited Laszlo Bruszt (Scuola Normale Superiore)Ondrej Cisar (Charles University, Prague) and Andrea Pirro (Scuola Normale Superiore) to have a conversation with us about how people mobilized in these countries, both in the right-wing and the left-wing of the political spectrum, also taking into account their relationship with more institutional political actors and the potential legacy of such mobilizations in the European context.

The COSMOS roundtable will be chaired by Alice Mattoni (SNS) and will take place in Aula Filippo Strozzi (Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze) from 2pm to 4pm on May the 24th.

News

09/11/2018

Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

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The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.