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 - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.


A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.


Applications now open! Third Edition of the Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilisation

Applicants must send their application materials no later than March the 17th 2019.


Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.