The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Karlo Kralj

PhD candidate

Karlo is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, and a member of Center on Social Movement Studies. As part of his doctoral project, Karlo is investigating radical left movement parties in post-Yugoslav context. He is particularly interested in understanding
processes which bring left activists with long-term experience of non-party activism to engage in electoral contestation. In addition to his studies, Karlo is participating in the project
“Disobedient Democracy: A Comparative Analysis of Contentious Politics in the European Semi-periphery” (www.disdem.org), where he cooperates in comparative research on dynamics of mobilization in Southern and South Eastern Europe.

Before enrolling in the doctoral programme, Karlo obtained an MA degree in political science from the University of Zagreb. In his MA thesis, Karlo investigated meaning-making and perceptions of party politics among non-governmental organizations in Croatia. From 2010 to 2017 Karlo was an activist of several organizations, including Croatian Youth Network and Center for Peace Studies, where he took part in advocacy and protest campaigns.

Research interests: Central and Eastern Europe, social movements, strategy and strategic interactions in activism, radical left, and depoliticisation



Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.


Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.


Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019


Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.