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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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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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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.