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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Daniela Chironi

Research Fellow

My main research interest concerns the relation between social movements and party change. Indeed, my thesis is about the role of social movements in setting off significant organizational changes within the more innovative left-wing parties in Western Europe. This current work is an extension at the European level of my graduation thesis. In fact, I graduated in Political Science at the Florence University, with a dissertation on “The radical left parties in bipolar Italy”. Since 2008, I’m also involved in a national research on the transformations of the Italian political parties, financed by the Ministry of University and Research and conducted by three universities. For this research, I work in particular on the Communist and post-Communist galaxy. Another research field in which I’m interested are the Media studies. I’m specialized in Political Consultancy and Communication and I earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies and Journalism. At that step, my thesis focused on the communication strategies of social movements during the season of Social Forums. In addition, I worked as radio and print media journalist. Finally, my interests outside the academy, again concern political and social life. In the past, I have been active in the alter-globalization movement and currently I’m taking part in the global commons movement. Moreover, I often organize cultural events, series of independent movie screenings, initiatives for the social use of public areas.

Research interests: political parties and political communication

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.