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.



Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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


Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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).


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.


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.

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.