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.



Call for Papers - International Conference on Feminist Alliances

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Call for Papers - International Conference The Contentious Politics of Solidarity

The conference will focus on the contestation of acts of solidarity by counter-movements and the state, as well as on resistance to it by migrant and pro-migrant movements.


Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

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.


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.