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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Aliaksandr Ruzhantsou

PhD candidate

Aliaksandr Ruzhantsou is a PhD student at the department of Political Science and Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore. After graduation with honors in 2010 from BA Program in History in Belarusian State Pedagogical university (Minsk, Belarus), he has pursued his career in Internet, Media and Communication sector as a technical writer, business analyst and project manager administrating wide range of projects. In 2013 Aliaksandr has been awarded Whole Europe Beyond Borders scholarship for MA Program in Political science at University of Warsaw, Poland. After successful graduation he has been admitted to PhD program at Scuola Normale Superiore site in Florence with a full scholarship. During 2014-2015 he has participated in Summer schools and courses in Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences, Conflict studies, EU studies. His research interests are affected by both research path and previous professional career in IT and Media field. The research interests include New media, Social movements, Democratization and Transition in Post-Communist countries. In particular, in his PhD thesis he intends to study the effect of the New Media on protest ‘framing’ in regard of various groups of protesters during Maidan mass protests in Ukraine in 2013-2014.

Research interests: new media and democratization

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.