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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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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

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.