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Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Sanjin Uležić

Research Fellow

As a research fellow with Cosmos, my research is embedded in the project “Shifting Forms of Political Violence: a Socio-Spatial Relational Approach” led by dr. Lorenzo Bosi, with my work focusing on the case of the Provisional IRA.

My previous position was as a research assistant at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, working on the FP7 “Memory, Youth, Political Legacy And Civic Engagement” (MYPLACE) project.

My upcoming publications address topics of self-limitation in non-state actor behaviour, strategic innovation and adjustment of non-state entities, temporal mechanisms within informal governance regimes, as well as an expansion of securitisation theory, and my upcoming conference presentations problematise the implications of increased state repression of activists for researchers’ interviewing processes. In terms of geographic interests, my work focuses on Northern Ireland, South-Eastern Europe, and Iran.

Research interests: informal governance and non-state political violence and strategy

News

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

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Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

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A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.