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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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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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Natasha Debora Aidoo
PhD candidate
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Anastasia Barone
PhD candidate
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Jonas Bergan Draege
PhD candidate
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Giada Bonu
PhD candidate
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Rosa Burc
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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Giuseppe Cugnata
PhD candidate
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Jacopo Custodi
PhD candidate
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Eleonora Desiata
PhD candidate
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Sarah ElMasry
PhD candidate
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Batuhan Eren
PhD candidate
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Maria Chiara Franceschelli
PhD candidate
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Felix Fritsch
PhD candidate
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Gemma Gasseau
PhD candidate
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Francesco Gatti
PhD candidate
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Delina Goxho
PhD candidate
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Hande Dönmez Gülenoğlu
PhD candidate
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Hans Jonas Gunzelmann
PhD candidate
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Mihály Gyimesi
PhD candidate
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Walter Haeusl
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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Lorenzo Lodi
PhD candidate
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Katarína Lukáčová
PhD candidate
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Måns Robert Lundstedt
PhD candidate
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Carla Mannino
PhD candidate
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Juan Masullo J.
PhD candidate
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Laura Mendoza Sandoval
PhD candidate
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Daniela Musina
PhD candidate
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Nicolò Pennucci
PhD candidate
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Giuseppe Platania
PhD candidate
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Fiorenzo Polito
PhD candidate
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Dorothea Pozzato
PhD candidate
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Tobias Reinhardt
PhD candidate
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Valerii Saenko
PhD candidate
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Melina Scheuermann
PhD candidate
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Federica Stagni
PhD candidate
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Maria Nicola Stragapede
PhD candidate
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Ivan Tranfić
PhD candidate
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Lorenzo Velotti
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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Raffaele Bazurli
Member
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Lars Erik Berntzen
Member
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Niccolò Bertuzzi
Member
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Loris Caruso
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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Haris Malamidis
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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Mariana Mendes
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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Julia Rone
Member
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Federico M. Rossi
Member
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Galina Selivanova
Member
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Davide Serafino
Member
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Ivan Stefanovski
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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Romain Bonnet
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

16/07/2021

Prof. della Porta to lead VolkswagenStiftung-funded ECSEuro project

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Reflecting the European challenge of transnational cooperation and multiple crises, this project asks how local political initiatives across Europe enact citizenship and solidarity and contribute to the vision of a more democratic Europe from below.

09/07/2021

SNS announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions

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The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions. Deadline for applications: 21 August 2021.

28/09/2020

Four post-doctoral research positions on the pandemic

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The Scuola Normale Superiore announces four post-doctoral positions to be activated as part of the research project “After the coronavirus pandemic: The effects of the health emergency on society and knowledge.” 

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.

Publications

Edited Volume - 2021

Varieties of Populism in Europe in Times of Crises

Manuela Caiani & Paolo Graziano
Populism is booming across all the nuances of the political spectrum. It occupies relevant positions in national parliaments, in governmental coalitions with mainstream parties or as successful challengers of the political status quo. This volume sheds new light on the topic from different methodological and theoretical angles and offers evidence from a variety of cases on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions on populism’s emergence and consolidation in Europe over the past 30 years.

Journal Article - 2021

European populism before the pandemic: ideology, Euroscepticism, electoral performance, and government participation of 63 parties in 30 countries

Paul Taggart & Andrea Pirro
This contribution is conceived as a resource on the state of European populist parties before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. It reports on cross-national comparative findings generated by data collected from 30 European countries as to the state of populist parties in one calendar year (2019) and provides an extensive qualitative overview of the national cases.

Journal Article - 2021

Forging, bending, and breaking: Enacting the “illiberal playbook” in Hungary and Poland

Andrea Pirro & Ben Stanley
We first argue that illiberal changes are ideologically founded and identify how both populism and nativism figure in the policymaking of illiberals in power. We then show how these practices emerge from a common “illiberal playbook”—a paradigm of policy change comprising forms of forging, bending, and breaking—and elaborate on the notion that illiberal governments are using legalism to kill liberalism.

Journal Article - 2021

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.

Monograph - 2021

Migrant Protest. Interactive Dynamics in Precarious Mobilizations

Elias Steinhilper
This book explores the interactions and spaces shaping the emergence, trajectory, and fragmentation of migrant protest in unfavorable contexts of marginalization.

Journal Article - 2020

We protect the forest beings, and the forest beings protect us: Cultural resistance in the Ecuadorian Amazonia

Leonidas Oikonomakis
The inhabitants of Sarayaku have forged an anti-colonial, anti-extractivist, and anti-capitalist resistance culture. How did that culture develop? How is it articulated? Moreover, how is kawsak sacha positioned in the discussion over the rights of Nature in Latin America? Based on three months of ethnographic research in the community of Sarayaku and more than twenty-five interviews with community members, this article addresses those important questions and argues that securing legal protection may not be a long-term resistance strategy.

Monograph - 2020

The Contentious Politics of Expertise. Experts, activism and grassroots environmentalism

Riccardo Emilio Chesta
Based on mixed-methods research and ethnographic fieldwork at various sites in Italy, this book examines the relationship between expertise and activism in grassroots environmentalism. Bridging the sociology of expertise and contentious politics, the book shows how conflict transforms, rather than inhibits, expertise production into a ‘contentious politics by other means’.

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.