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Alice Mattoni

Research Fellow

Alice Mattoni is Assistant Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore, where she works as the Principal Investigator of the research project PiCME – Political participation in Complex Media Environments: A Multi-Level and Multi-Method Approach funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research through the grant S.I.R. – Scientific Independence of young Researchers.

She has been a Research Fellow of the Centre on Social Movement Studies – COSMOS since 2013. There, she investigates social movement and civil society actors struggling against corruption and organized crime in the framework of the ANTICORRPT project, funded by the European Commission. She co-directs the COSMOS Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilization that runs every other year, starting in September 2013 and the Social Movement and Media Technologies seminars, organized together with the Centre of Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmisths University of London.

She is one of the editors of Interface, a journal for and about social movements and of Partecipazione e Conflitto – Participation and Conflict, two open-access and peer reviewed online publication. From 2011 to 2015 sge served as co-convener of the Standing Group on Participation and Mobilization at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), in which I she is now serving as one of the members of the Steering Committee. She also participates in the activities of the research group New Media and On-line Politics based at the Istituto Carlo Cattaneo.

From January 2011 to December 2012, Alice has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. She has a Master of Research and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, where she discussed her thesis in 2009. She graduated in Communication Sciences (Mass Communication) at the University of Padua, in 2003.

Research interests: precarious workers and their struggles, anti-corruption and organized crime protests, online political campaigning, qualitative research methods, and digital research methods

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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.