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2018-04-08

Austeridad, capitalismo y conflicto social. Nuevas tendencias en el estudio de los movimientos sociales – An interview with Donatella della Porta

In this interview by COES – Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social, Donatella Della Porta reflects on the trends, challenges and dilemmas of the theoretical and empirical agenda on social movements and conflicts today.

An interview with Donatella della Porta realized by COES – Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social

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The wave of European protests developed after the 2008 financial crisis and the expansion of austerity policies have reopened the debate on the role that political and economic structures have in the understanding of social conflict. The transformations in the systems of political representation and economic distribution associated with the expansion of post-crisis neoliberal policies seem to be the key to understanding the rise and spread of recent waves of protests. In this interview, Donatella Della Porta reflects on the trends, challenges and dilemmas of the theoretical and empirical agenda on social movements and conflicts today.

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News

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

16/06/2018

Martin Portos wins the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017

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Martin Portos was just awarded with the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017 with his tesis “Voicing outrage, contending with austerity. Mobilization in Spain under the Great Recession”, realized under the supervision of prof. Donatella della Porta.

18/05/2018

Donatella della Porta at the Belleuve Forum in Berlin - May 23, 2018

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On May 23rd, 2018, the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks with Donatella della Porta, Christoph Möllers and David Van Reybrouck about anti-politics, anti-establishment and the dangers of indifference to the political to address the 2018 topic of the Forum "Society without Politics - Testing Liberal Democracies".

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Comparing hybrid media systems in the digital age: A theoretical framework for analysis

Alice Mattoni and Diego Ceccobelli
The relationship between media and politics today is deeply entrenched in the wide use of information and communication technologies to the point that scholars speak about the emergence of hybrid media systems in which older and newer media logics combine. However, it is still unclear how the configuration of hybrid media systems changes across countries today, especially with regard to the interconnection between media and politics. The article develops a theoretical framework to capture such national differences.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.