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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Diego Ceccobelli

Research Fellow

Diego Ceccobelli earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (SNS, Florence), with a dissertation entitled “Political Leaders on Facebook: a Comparative Analysis on Popularization in Contemporary Liberal Democracies”. His research interests lie in the field of political communication and comparative politics, e.g., role of social media in contemporary political communication, and personalization of politics in comparative perspective. He has furthermore extensive expertise conducting social media analysis, expert interviews, as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches. He is actually working on the PICME project (Political participation in Complex Media Environments).

Research interests: political communication, comparative politics, personalization of politics, social media, and political participation

News

09/11/2018

Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

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The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.