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.



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".


Austeridad, capitalismo y conflicto social. Nuevas tendencias en el estudio de los movimientos sociales - An interview with Donatella della Porta

An interview with Donatella della Porta realized by COES - Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Monograph - 2018

I movimenti animalisti in Italia. Strategie, politiche e pratiche di attivismo.

Niccolò Bertuzzi
Il volume si focalizza su coloro che in Italia si occupano di benessere, cura, diritti e liberazione animale all'interno di contesti organizzativi. Grazie alla somministrazione di una survey, interviste agli attivisti e analisi dei frame, emergono una notevole varietà di strategie, pratiche e riferimenti valoriali, la contemporanea presenza di lobby e conflitto, e la natura complessa di un fenomeno al centro dell’attenzione mediatica ma ancora poco studiato in termini sociologici.