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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Pietro Castelli Gattinara di Zubiena

Research Fellow

Pietro Castelli Gattinara joined Cosmos in 2015. He is currently research fellow in political science and sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence. He is currently involved in a comparative research project studying the consequences of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks on public debates in Europe, focusing on critical junctures and deliberation processes in the public sphere. In previous years, he worked in comparative projects on extreme right mobilization, local politics of migration, and electoral campaigning and political communication. After obtaining his PhD at the European University Institute, with a dissertation on party competition on migration in Italy, he joined the department of Politics of the University of Leicester, where he worked on governmental responsiveness to public opinion and protest, and on the political participation of migrants. In 2013 and 2014 he was teaching fellow of Comparative Politics and European Politics at Sciences-Po Paris. From 2015, he has been teaching Minority Politics and Far Right Politics at Monash University, Prato. He is a member of the ECPR standing group on Extremism and Democracy. His interests lie, especially, in the study of comparative politics, social movements, the far right and the politics of immigration in Europe.

He publishes in English and Italian. His most recent publications include: The politics of migration in Italy: local, party and electoral perspectives (Routledge, 2016), and “Neo-fascist mobilization in contemporary Italy: Ideology and repertoire of action of CasaPound Italia”, Journal for deradicalization, Vol. 2 (1), pp. 86-118, 2015.

Research interests: comparative politics, ethnic and migration studies, far-right politics, and political communication

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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.