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Territory in rebellion: Remnants of rebel governance in a republican community

A presentation on the temporal continuity of rebel governance regimes in select republican communities in contemporary Northern Ireland.

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Sanjin Uležić from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, will present a work that analyses the temporal continuity of rebel governance regimes in select republican communities in contemporary Northern Ireland. These are framed as embedded conflict-emergent informal governance institutions which did not undergo an institutional decay during the post-conflict period, and have instead persisted due to a combination of legitimacy- and function-based stabilizational mechanisms, as well as actor-driven processes based both on a mandated, needs-based dynamic as well as conflict entrepreneurship. Of crucial nature is the interactive aspect between these processes. The work proposes a differentiation between political and functional delegitimations of statutory entities which are based on this interaction, and which contribute to the temporal stability of the arrangements under study.

The COSMOS Share meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th of May from 2:00PM to 3:00PM at Palazzo Strozzi.

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.