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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Joldon Kutmanaliev

PhD candidate

Joldon Kutmanaliev is a PhD researcher at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, the European University Institute. His preliminary dissertation topic is “Ethnic violence and peace in southern Kyrgyzstan”. His current research seeks to explain spatial variations in violence during the ethnic conflict in 2010 in Kyrgyzstan. Joldon received his BA diploma in history from the Bishkek Humanities University in Kyrgyzstan, MA diploma in political science from the Central European University in Hungary. He was a visiting fellow at Government Department, Cornell University in spring semesters 2005-2007 (funded by Faculty Development Program, the Open Society Institute – New York) and at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University in spring semester 2010 (funded by CARTI program, the Open Society Institute –Budapest). Before coming to the EUI, he was a lecturer at the Department of Oriental Studies and International Relations, the Bishkek Humanities University in Kyrgyzstan.

Research interests: political violence, ethnic politics, Central Asian politics, Soviet nationality policy

Research interests: political violence, ethnic politics, Central Asian politics, and Soviet nationality policy

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.