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Philippe Van Parijs – Europe’s Destiny

On December 2nd, at 2 p.m., Prof. Philippe Van Parijs (University of Louvain) will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled: “Europe’s Destiny”.

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Philippe Van Parijs holds doctorates in the social sciences (Louvain, 1977) and in philosophy (Oxford, 1980). After having been a researcher at Belgium’s National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) from 1974 to 1991, he was appointed professor at the Faculty of economic, social and political sciences of the University of Louvain (UCL) and invited to set up the Hoover Chair of economic and social ethics, which he directed from 1991 to 2016, when he became professor emeritus. In parallel, he was a Regular Visiting Professor at Harvard University from 2004 to 2010 and at the University of Oxford from 2011 to 2015.

His books include Evolutionary Explanation in the Social Sciences (London & Totowa NJ 1981), Le Modèle économique et ses rivaux (Genève 1990),Qu’est-ce qu’une société juste? (Paris 1991), Arguing for Basic Income (London 1992, ed.), Marxism Recycled (Cambridge 1993), Real Freedom for All(Oxford 1995), Sauver la solidarité (Paris 1995), Refonder la solidarité (Paris 1996), Solidariteit voor de XXIste eeuw (Leuven 1997), Ethique économique et sociale (Paris 2000, with C. Arnsperger), What’s Wrong with a Free Lunch? (Boston 2001), Hacia una concepcion de la justicia global (Medellín 2002),Cultural Diversity versus Economic Solidarity (editor, Brussels 2004), L’Allocation universelle (Paris 2005, with Y. Vanderborght), Just Democracy. The Rawls-Machiavelli Programme (Colchester, 2011), Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World (Oxford, 2011), After the Storm How to save democracy in Europe (editor, Tielt, 2015 with L. van Middelaar) and Basic Income. A radical proposal for a free society and a sane economy (Harvard UP, 2017, with Y. Vanderborght).

In 1986, he was one of the founders of the Basic Income European Network (BIEN), which became in 2004 the Basic Income Earth Network, and he chairs its International Board.

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.