The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Mario Quaranta


Mario Quaranta is a Max Weber Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the
European University Institute.

Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of
the Scuola Normale Superiore, and a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at
LUISS University, Roma (Italy).

He obtained a PhD in Political Science in 2013 from the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane,
Florence (Italy), and was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy, University of
California (USA), and at the Department of Sociology, Universiteit Utrecht (NL). He has been
involved in several research projects on quality of democracy, political participation, public
opinion, and collection of survey data.

His articles have appeared, among others, in Current Sociology, Information, Communication &
Society, International Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, European Political Science
Review, Social Science Research, Social Indicators Research, South European Society and Politics,
and West European Politics. His book “Political protest in Western Europe: Exploring the role of
context in political action” was published by Springer in 2015.

Research interests: Comparative political behavior and public opinion, political participation, youth, political socialization, and attitudes towards democracy

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"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.