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What Do Social Movements Do inside Parliament? – Federico Rossi, Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)

5pm – Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

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Why would a social movement aim to access seats in parliament? What happens when members of social movements win seats in parliament? How does the type of regime and party system influence the strategies of social movements inside parliament? In what way do the goals of a social movement influence the roles played by parliamentarians who are members of the movement? In his talk, Federico Rossi will focus on social movements’ pursuit of parliamentary representation, a topic that presents a crucial theoretical puzzle for social movement studies because it shows how movements employ both contentious and institutional strategies. In addition, the expansion of the legislative arena produced by the incorporation of movements in parliament adds a new dimension to the formalistic and party politics–based literature on legislative studies.

News

22/07/2019

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

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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.

21/06/2019

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

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

18/06/2019

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

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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

Publications

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.