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Cosmos

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

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.