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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Board of Advisors

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Helmut Anheier Hertie School of Governance
Lance Bennett University of Washington
Laszlo Bruszt European University Institute
Craig Calhoun London School of Economics
Nick Couldry London School of Economics
Christian Davenport University of Notre Dame
Mario Diani Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Klaus Eder Humboldt-Universität
Olivier Fillieule Université de Lausanne
William (Bill) Gamson Boston College
Marco Giugni Université de Genève
Jack Goldstone George Mason University
Jeff Goodwin New York University
Bela Greskovits Central European University
Bert Klandermans Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Hanspeter Kriesi European University Institute
James Jasper The City University of New York (CUNY)
Gary T. Marx MIT
Doug McAdam Stanford University
John McCarthy Pennsylvania State University
Abby Peterson Göteborgs Universitet
Alessandro Pizzorno European University Institute
Dieter Rucht Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
Philippe Schmitter European University Institute
Martti Siisiäinen University of Jyväskylä
David Snow University of California, Irvine
Suzanne Staggenborg University of Pittsburgh
Sidney Tarrow Cornell University
Verta Taylor University of California, Santa Barbara
Michel Wieviorka École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

News

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.