The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Martín Portos García

PhD candidate

Martin was born in A Coruña (Spain, 1989). He holds a degree in Political Science and Administration from the University of Santiago de Compostela: first in his cohort and best academic performance in all disciplines at the regional level in 2011 (9.94 out of 10.00 and 3.98 in the 0-4 Spanish scale). He was an exchange student during a full academic year at the University of Westminster (London, UK; 2009-2010) and, additionally, he was awarded an Excellence Scholarship by the Galician regional Ministry to collaborate as a researcher in the project ‘Among Monarchy and Nation’ at the USC. He has attended to diverse complementary courses organized by the University of Muenster (Germany), CEACS (Fundación Juan March, Madrid), UIMP, etc. In addition, he has been an intern with the advisers of the cabinet of the Galician regional Ministry of Presidency, Public Administration and Justice (10/2010-02/2011). He has also gained an MSc in Politics Research (Comparative Government) at the University of Oxford (UK), for which he was granted a full scholarship by Fundación Caja Madrid (10/2011-09/2012). Since October 2012, he is enrolled as a full-time PhD researcher in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute at Florence (Italy), working under the supervision of Prof. Donatella della Porta. His main areas of interest are: comparative politics, European comparative politics and governments, social movements, collective action and contentious politics, democratic quality and democratization processes, politics and territorial organization, nationalism and federalism. His mother tongues are Galician and Spanish. Besides, his working languages are English, French and Portuguese; he also has a basic command of Italian and German. Finally, he has a good command of SPSS, STATA and Excel.

Research interests: indignados, social movements, crisis of representation, and trust and satisfaction in democracy

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Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

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.


Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017


Marco Deseriis wins Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government

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)


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.