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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

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.