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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Prisicilla Álamos-Concha

Visiting Scholar

I am PhD candidate in Political Science at the Université catholique de Louvain. Currently I am Visiting PhD student at EUI under the supervision of Mrs. Donatella Della Porta, studying the Political Violence (theoretical & empirical) under a comparative approach.My PhD thesis addresses the causes and mechanisms of the mass mobilization in overthrowing political regimes in MENA countries in a micro-macro level. I develop a Multi-Method Research Design, combining Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Process-Tracing (PT), in order to find out different pathways that contribute to the outcome, and to explore the causal forces between those configurations and the outcome, respectively. I have been Visiting PhD student at the Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA) as well as Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) of the University of Exeter, under the supervision of the Dr. Jonathan Githens-Mazer. In both experiences I focused on the role of the agency, memories and ethnicity in the collective action, specifically in a micro-level. I am also engaged in the COMPASSS international research group  on systematic comparative methods led by prof. Benoît Rihoux (UCLouvain) and whose works is being published in Political Research Quarterly 2013, 66(1) and Revue International de Politique Comparée 2013 (forthcoming).

 

Research interests: Social Movements & Revolution, Middle East & North Africa, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Social Research Methods, and Concepts in Social Sciences

News

08/06/2017

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

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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.

19/05/2017

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

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

19/05/2017

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

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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)

Publications

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.