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Julia Rone – “ ‘Don’t Worry: We are from the Internet’: Mobilizing against ACTA and TTIP in the Age of Austerity”

On April 6th, from 5 to 6 p.m., Julia Rone (European University Institute), will discuss her work entitled: “Don’t Worry: We are from the Internet”: Mobilizing against ACTA and TTIP in the Age of Austerity

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In my presentation I analyse how, far from being simply a tool for political mobilization, the Internet became a political cause in itself in the 2012 protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. I address three important questions related to movement diffusion and spill-over effects between different social movements. First, why did anti-ACTA protests spread in the North, East and West of Europe but not in the South (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece)? Second, what types of frames and protest repertoires spread in the campaign against ACTA? Did information spread from protesters at the national level to Brussels-based NGOs or the other way round? Did the protesters in each country go to the streets for their own specific reasons or was there a common European dialogue? Finally, I explore how the campaign against ACTA paved the way and opened opportunities for subsequent mobilizations against free trade agreements, more specifically against TTIP. I trace what types of frames and repertoires diffused between the anti-ACTA and the anti-TTIP campaigns and to what extent did organizational communities and coalitions overlap, considering the much broader scope of TTIP.  Ultimately, I argue that the mobilization against TTIP has shifted the focus from the techno-utopianism of the Arab Spring, Occupy, and anti-ACTA to a more sober emphasis on issues of sovereignty and self-determination as sources of positive political change.

News

08/06/2017

Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

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The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.

19/05/2017

Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

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Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017

19/05/2017

Marco Deseriis wins Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government

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Dr. Marco Deseriis, Marie Curie Fellow and Research Fellow at Cosmos, has won the Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government (Danube University, Krems Au Donau, Austria)

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

The Electoral Success of the Radical Left: Explaining the Least Likely Case of the Communist Party in Graz

Manès Weisskircher
Recently, scholars have shown a growing interest in radical left parties (RLPs). In terms of electoral success, the rise of the KPÖ Graz, the Communist Party in Austria’s second biggest city, represents perhaps the most counterintuitive case in Western Europe. This analysis shows how the party has managed to ‘own’ the issue of housing and to exploit local political opportunities in order to be electorally successful. The findings point to the importance of agency and the subnational level for RLPs, and highlight more general questions in the study of this party family.

Journal Article - 2017

Non-deliberative politics in deliberative democracy: distinct approaches for different actors

Andrea Felicetti
In this paper Andrea Felicetti first illustrates the main ideas of the systemic turn, explores the distinction between ‘deliberative’ and ‘non-deliberative’ politics and investigates the main arguments justifying non-deliberative politics. Then, he builds upon these arguments to shed new light on the relationship between deliberative and non-deliberative politics. He identifies three distinctive actors in deliberative systems (political institutions, empowered agents, and public space actors). Finally, he argues that deliberative democrats should adopt three different approaches (intensive, moderate, and free) in order to assess whether the use of non-deliberative politics by each of these actors is legitimate.