The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Retrenching or recalibrating? Options for welfare state development in advanced democracies – Chiara Saraceno, Collegio Carlo Alberto

Chiara Saraceno, Collegio Carlo Alberto, will talk on the welfare states developments options in times of advanced democracies’ structural changes.

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The talk will address the deep changes that have been affecting welfare states in advanced democracies in the past decades. Globalization, deindustrialization, rising public debts, demographic changes as well as changes in gender and family arrangements challenge the ways in which welfare states have traditionally defined and addressed “social risks” and granted “social citizenship”. At both the theoretical and policy level, welfare state goals and instruments are being redefined, although with different timings, intensity and coherence across different welfare regimes.



Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.


Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.


Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019


Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.