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Mark CJ Stoddart – “Co-Existence or Conflict? The Role of Environmental Movements in the Oil-Tourism Interface in the North Atlantic”

On April 12th at 11am, Prof. Mark CJ Stoddart will present a paper on environmental movements in the oil-tourism interface.

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Prof. Mark CJ Stoddart will present a paper on environmental movements in the oil-tourism interface. The concept of the oil-tourism interface points to the ways in which tourism and oil are related. This often takes subtle, often mundane forms, such as the carbon footprint of tourist travel, or the impacts of climate change on tourism environments. However, contact points between tourism and oil can also come emerge through controversies over oil development in tourist destination areas. The project, “The Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic” takes a comparative approach to understand how societies in Atlantic Canada, Norway, Iceland, Scotland and Denmark navigate the relationship between oil extraction and nature-based tourism development as visions for living with coastal environments. This presentation focuses on the role that environmental movements play in intervening in the oil-tourism interface in three of the case study regions: Atlantic Canada, Norway, and Iceland. As a comparison of these cases shows, environmental movements can align with nature-based tourism in opposition to oil extraction, but this is more likely when new oil exploration and development is proposed in regions that already have a well-established tourism industry that relies on wilderness and wildlife as key attractors. The relevance of social movement for public policy related to offshore oil and nature-based tourism development in these regions will also be discussed.

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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.