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Kivanc Atak

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Kivanc Atak studied Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University, Istanbul. He received his Master’s degree in Political Science at Central European University, Budapest. In 2009, he enrolled in the PhD program in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence. In December 2013, he defended his dissertation titled “Police, Protest and Democracy in Turkey: From Gazi to Gezi” under the supervision of Prof. Donatella della Porta. In his thesis, Atak investigated the relationship between the policing ideas and practices, and the social reality of protests under democratization in Turkey. Based on quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis, the findings of his doctoral research suggested that patterns of protest and patterns of policing evolve in interaction with each other, yet this interaction is politically contingent on how contentious “threats” are fabricated in state discourse, particularly in the ideas that shape and regulate policing practices. In this sense, democratization generated certain positive effects on policing as well as protests in Turkey, but far from being a linear path this also embedded a concomitant process of de-democratization. Currently, Kivanc Atak is employed in the research team of the ERC project “Mobilizing for Democracy” coordinated by Prof. Della Porta. In broad terms, Atak has been working in the field of political sociology and comparative politics. More specifically, he is interested in social movement studies, the politics of policing and state control over public dissent, theories of the state and critical theory. He has forthcoming publications in internationally edited volumes, and his recent short article on the June’13 uprisings in Turkey is published in French in La Revue Internationale et Stratégique.

Research interests: protest policing, politics of the police, state repression, and political change

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.