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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

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

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Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

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A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.