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Gary T. Marx

Visiting Scholar

is Professor Emeritus from M.I.T. He has worked in the areas of race and ethnicity, collective behaviour and social movements, law and society and surveillance studies. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He has also taught there, at Harvard University, the University of Colorado and been a visiting professor at more than 20 other schools in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Additional information is available at  http://web.mit.edu/gtmarx/www/bio.html  . Within the area of social movements and collective behaviour he has studied topics such as the civil rights movement, majority involvement in minority movements, police behaviour in civil disorders, agents provocateurs and issueless riots posted at www.garymarx.net  . His most recent work in the area includes: a critique introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of Smelser’s Theory of Collective Behavior and the article  “Agents Provocateurs as a Type of Faux Activist”. He welcomes the chance to meet with students and colleagues to discuss topics of mutual interest. On April 22-23 he will be giving a workshop on his recently completed book Windows Into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology (University of Chicago).

 

 

Research interests: social movements, surveillance, and collective behavior

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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.