The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Jonathan Levy – “The consequences of Paul Volcker. US capitalism since the 1980s”

Jonathan Levy will give a Lunch seminar on Tuesday 5 June h.13-15, Sala del Pollaiolo, on ​​”The consequences of Paul Volcker. US capitalism since the 1980s”

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​​Capitalism was in crisis around the world during the 1970s. The “Volcker Shock” of 1980, named after the chairman of America’s Federal Reserve Bank, sought to reboot the global economy by drastically raising interest rates in order to end inflation. The policy was declared a success. But the outcome was also an economy defined by instability and inequality whose legacy continues to this day.

Jonathan Levy  is a historian of economic life in the United States, with interests in the relationships between business and economic history, political economy, legal history, and the history of ideas. His work spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and is increasingly preoccupied with global and comparative questions​. ​His lines of research include an interpretive history of US capitalism, from British colonial settlement to the great recession of 2008; the history of investment and global capital markets across the twentieth century; the historical relationship between for-profit and nonprofit corporations in the US.

Recent books: Ages of American Capitalism (forth.); Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America, 2012.



ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.


Martin Portos wins the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017

Martin Portos was just awarded with the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017 with his tesis “Voicing outrage, contending with austerity. Mobilization in Spain under the Great Recession”, realized under the supervision of prof. Donatella della Porta.


Donatella della Porta at the Belleuve Forum in Berlin - May 23, 2018

On May 23rd, 2018, the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks with Donatella della Porta, Christoph Möllers and David Van Reybrouck about anti-politics, anti-establishment and the dangers of indifference to the political to address the 2018 topic of the Forum "Society without Politics - Testing Liberal Democracies".


Journal Article - 2018

Comparing hybrid media systems in the digital age: A theoretical framework for analysis

Alice Mattoni and Diego Ceccobelli
The relationship between media and politics today is deeply entrenched in the wide use of information and communication technologies to the point that scholars speak about the emergence of hybrid media systems in which older and newer media logics combine. However, it is still unclear how the configuration of hybrid media systems changes across countries today, especially with regard to the interconnection between media and politics. The article develops a theoretical framework to capture such national differences.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.