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Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Philip Balsiger

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I study the interactions of movements with corporations, and I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. I received my Ph.D. as a joint degree from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and Sciences Po Paris in 2011 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne before joining the EUI. In my research I study the repertoires and dynamics of contention in market arenas. My Ph.D. and forthcoming book compares the emergence and dynamics of the anti-sweatshop movements in Switzerland and France, and explains how this movement provoked market change. Papers building on this research focus on the repertoire of political consumption, the role of tactical competition for market transformation, and the interaction dynamics of outcomes. I continue to investigate the role of social movements in the creation and transformation of markets, studying in particular the markets for ethical fashion and the domain of food politics. Regarding social movement theory, I am interested in developing interactionist approaches to the study of movements’ tactical action repertoires and dynamics in different interaction fields and arenas.

Research interests: social movements, markets, political consumption, organization, and repertoires

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.