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Director

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Donatella della Porta
Director

Research Fellows

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Lorenzo Bosi
Research Fellow
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Manuela Caiani
Research Fellow
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Loris Caruso
Research Fellow
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Diego Ceccobelli
Research Fellow
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Riccardo Emilio Chesta
Research Fellow
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Daniela Chironi
Research Fellow
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Lorenzo Cini
Research Fellow
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Marco Deseriis
Research Fellow
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Andrea Felicetti
Research Fellow
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Anna Lavizzari
Research Fellow
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Enrico Padoan
Research Fellow
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Cinzia Padovani
Research Fellow
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Andrea L. P. Pirro
Research Fellow
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Martín Portos García
Research Fellow
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Herbert Reiter
Research Fellow
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Salvatore Sberna
Research Fellow
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Lorenzo Zamponi
Research Fellow

PhD Candidates

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Angela Adami
PhD candidate
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Irina Aguiari
PhD candidate
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Huda Alsahi
PhD candidate
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Alexsandra Ana
PhD candidate
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Filip Balunovic
PhD candidate
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Anastasia Barone
PhD candidate
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Raffaele Bazurli
PhD candidate
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Jonas Bergan Draege
PhD candidate
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Lars Erik Berntzen
PhD candidate
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Giada Bonu
PhD candidate
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Sebastian Bruinsma
PhD candidate
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Rosa Burc
PhD candidate
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Carlotta Caciagli
PhD candidate
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Silvia Carenzi
PhD candidate
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Stella Christou
PhD candidate
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Rui Coelho
PhD candidate
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Giorgia Concetti
PhD candidate
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Jacopo Custodi
PhD candidate
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Sarah ElMasry
PhD candidate
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Batuhan Eren
PhD candidate
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Felix Fritsch
PhD candidate
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Gemma Gasseau
PhD candidate
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Hans Jonas Gunzelmann
PhD candidate
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Mihály Gyimesi
PhD candidate
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Joana Lilli Hofstetter
PhD candidate
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Lucie Janotová
PhD candidate
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Damla Keşkekci
PhD candidate
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Karlo Kralj
PhD candidate
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Lydia Letsch
PhD candidate
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Alessandra Lo Piccolo
PhD candidate
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Katarína Lukáčová
PhD candidate
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Måns Robert Lundstedt
PhD candidate
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Haris Malamidis
PhD candidate
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Carla Mannino
PhD candidate
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Juan Masullo J.
PhD candidate
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Mariana Mendes
PhD candidate
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Laura Mendoza Sandoval
PhD candidate
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Fiorenzo Polito
PhD candidate
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Tobias Reinhardt
PhD candidate
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Julia Rone
PhD candidate
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Aliaksandr Ruzhantsou
PhD candidate
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Valerii Saenko
PhD candidate
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Ilyas Saliba
PhD candidate
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Galina Selivanova
PhD candidate
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Ester Sigillò
PhD candidate
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Cristopher Sorg
PhD candidate
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Federica Stagni
PhD candidate
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Ivan Stefanovski
PhD candidate
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Maria Nicola Stragapede
PhD candidate
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George Venizelos
PhD candidate
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Sophia Wathne
PhD candidate
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Linus Westheuser
PhD candidate
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Parthena Xanthopolou-Dimitriadou
PhD candidate

Members

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Javier Alcalde
Member
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Massimiliano Andretta
Member
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Kivanc Atak
Member
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Phillip Ayoub
Member
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Philip Balsiger
Member
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Niccolò Bertuzzi
Member
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Tiago Carvalho
Member
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Pietro Castelli Gattinara di Zubiena
Member
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Matteo Cernison
Member
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Luisa Chiodi
Member
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Ayça Çubukçu
Member
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Elena del Giorgio
Member
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Chares Demetrious
Member
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Nicole Doerr
Member
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Davis Donagh
Member
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Teije Hidde Donker
Member
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Julia Eckert
Member
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Konstantinos Eleftehriadis
Member
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Tiago Fernandes
Member
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Mayo Fuster Morell
Member
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Cesar Guzman-Concha
Member
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Leila Hadj-Abdou
Member
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Bogumila Hall
Member
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Robert Hemker
Member
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Helge Hiram Jensen
Member
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Swen Hutter
Member
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Xabier Itçaina
Member
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Hara Kouki
Member
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Joldon Kutmanaliev
Member
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Hugo Joel Leal
Member
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Marion Lecoquierre
Member
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Lasse Lindekilde
Member
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Linda Lund Pedersen
Member
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Arianna Mainardi
Member
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Stefan Malthaner
Member
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Raffaele Marchetti
Member
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Alice Mattoni
Member
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Georgia Mavrodi
Member
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Aidan McGarry
Member
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Chiara Milan
Member
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Stefania Milan
Member
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Pierre Monforte
Member
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Lorenzo Mosca
Member
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Francis O' Connor
Member
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Leonidas Oikonomakis
Member
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Didem Oral
Member
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Louisa Parks
Member
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Elena Pavan
Member
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Timothy Peace
Member
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Grzegorz Piotrowski
Member
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Sonia Pires
Member
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Emin Poljarevic
Member
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Mario Quaranta
Member
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Daniela R. Piccio
Member
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Daniel Ritter
Member
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Anja Röcke
Member
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Eduardo Romanos
Member
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Federico M. Rossi
Member
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Davide Serafino
Member
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Elias Steinhilper
Member
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Anna Subirats Ribas
Member
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Julien Talpin
Member
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Mate Nikola Tokic
Member
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Emiliano Treré
Member
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Sanjin Uležić
Member
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Aberto Vannucci
Member
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Markos Vogiatzoglou
Member
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Stefania Voli
Member
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Jana Warkotsch
Member
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Manès Weisskircher
Member
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Oleg Zhuravlev
Member

Visiting Scholars

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Prisicilla Álamos-Concha
Visiting Scholar
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Viviana Asara
Visiting Scholar
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Priska Daphi
Visiting Scholar
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Gary T. Marx
Visiting Scholar
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Cédric Masse
Visiting Scholar
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Claudius Wagemann
Visiting Scholar
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Tuomas Yla-Anttila
Visiting Scholar

News

26/02/2020

CFP Athens conference "Capitalism, Democracy, Contention: A Decade of Crisis" 13-15 May 2020

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Aspiring to shed light on the Greek experience in the era of crisis in a comparative, inter-disciplinary perspective, the Laboratory on Contentious Politics (Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens), the Centre on Social Movement Studies (Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence) and the Hellenic Political Science Association are organizing an international conference to be held at Panteion University, on 13, 14 and 15 May 2020.

12/12/2019

Prof. Donatella Della Porta to Be Awarded Honorary PhD

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On Friday 13, 2019, the University of the Peloponnese (PSIR) will award an honorary doctorate to Professor Donatella Della Porta, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore.

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

05/03/2019

A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

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On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.

Publications

Journal Article - 2020

Populism between voting and non-electoral participation

Andrea Pirro & Martín Portos
The article focuses on a neglected aspect of populist mobilisation, i.e. non-electoral participation (NEP), and elaborates on the extent to which populist party voters engage politically outside the polling station. While challenging common understandings of populism as inherently distrustful and apathetic, and protest as an exclusive practice of the left, the study critically places NEP at the heart of populism in general, and populist right politics in particular.

Journal Article - 2020

Reverting trajectories? UKIP’s organisational and discursive change after the Brexit referendum

Ofra Klein & Andrea Pirro
While showing UKIP’s projection into a new phase of its political lifecycle, the findings qualify the notion that the party has radicalised its (online) discourse as a result of (offline) organisational changes.

Special Issue - 2020

The Cultural Side of Populism: Politics, Emotions, Music and Subcultures in Populist Times

Manuela Caiani & Enrico Padoan
This special issue aims to combine an analytical perspective with an empirical focus on current populism(s) in Europe and their cultural aspects.

Journal Article - 2020

On corruption and state capture: The struggle of anti-corruption activism in Hungary

Andrea Pirro & Donatella della Porta
The article draws on social movement theory to understand collective action against corruption in Hungary. While offering a perspective on anti-corruption activism, the article demonstrates its limits against a set of unfavourable factors.

Monograph - 2020

Discursive Turns and Critical Junctures: Debating Citizenship after the Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Donatella della Porta, Pietro Castelli Gattinara, Konstantinos Eleftheriadis & Andrea Felicetti
The book offers an in-depth analysis of the unfolding of the public debate in terms of content of claims making, framing, and justifications as well as the quality (deliberativeness) of the discourses by a variety of actors in the public sphere.

Journal Article - 2020

Systemic Unsustainability as a Threat to Democracy

Andrea Felicetti
In a context of resilient unsustainability, protesters have little expectation that institutions might address the ecological crisis and this view is likely to spread. New ways of thinking about this problem and a new research agenda are needed.

Journal Article - 2019

Alliance building and eventful protests: comparing Spanish and Portuguese trajectories under the Great Recession

Martín Portos & Tiago Carvalho
Social movement research has shed light on the relationship between processes of alliance building and multiple factors related to political opportunities, framing, identities, networks and resource mobilization. However, less is known about the impact of eventful protests on coalition building dynamics.

Monograph - 2019

Social Mobilization beyond Ethnicity. Civic Activism and Grassroots Movements in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Chiara Milan
This book offers an in-depth investigation of the emergence and spread of social mobilizations that transcend ethnicity in societies violently divided along ethno-national lines. Using Bosnia Herzegovina as a case study, the book explores episodes of mobilization which have superseded ethno-nationalist cleavages.

Journal Article - 2019

Close ever, distant never? Integrating protest event and social network approaches into the transformation of the Hungarian far right

Andrea Pirro, Elena Pavan, Adam Fagan & David Gazsi
In this article, we extend our understanding of fringe politics to include relational and thematic elements, namely, the relationship of far-right collective actors with their broader network and the claims made within it. By focusing on often neglected relational and thematic aspects, the study provides new ways to analyse fringe collective actors, the relationship with their environment and the evolution of such a relationship over time.