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Eduardo Romanos

Research Fellow

Eduardo Romanos is a Ramón y Cajal Fellow in the Department of Sociology I (Social Change) at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has previously been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Trento, Italy, and a Juan de la Cierva Fellow at the Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. Eduardo received his PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the EUI in December 2007 with a dissertation on the Spanish anarchist movement under Franco’s dictatorship. He also holds a European Doctorate Certificate in Social History after spending six months at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, as a Marie Curie Fellow (Early Stage Research Training Programme). His main research interests are in the areas of political sociology, historical sociology andhistory of political thought, with a particular focus on social movements and protest. Among his most recent publications are the article ‘Factionalism in Transition: A Comparative Analysis of Ruptures in the Spanish Anarchist Movement’ (Journal of Historical Sociology 24:3, 2011), the chapter ‘Radicalization from Outside: The Diffusion of Violence in the Spanish Anarchist Movement’ (in Dynamics of Political Violence, ed. by Lorenzo Bosi et al., Ashgate, forthcoming), the volume Protest Beyond Borders: Contentious Politics in Europe since 1945 (Berghahn, 2011, ed. with Hara Kouki), and the essay ‘Anarchism’ (in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political and Social Movements, ed. by David A. Snow et al., Blackwell, forthcoming). He is currently engaged in research on the Spanish Indignados movement and the recent, transnational wave of contention. Additionally, Eduardo has worked as archival assistant at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam and as a translator of academic manuscripts (the most recent, Social Movements: An Introduction, by Donatella della Porta and Mario Diani, Blackwell, 2006, published in the CIS-UCM’ Series Debate Social, 2011).

Research interests: anarchism, indignados, social movements, comparative sociology, and historical sociology

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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.