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Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Riccardo Emilio Chesta

PhD candidate

Phd Researcher in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence, I previously studied Sociology at the University of Trento (B.A.), History and Social Sciences at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (M.Res.). In 2011-12 I’ve spent a semester as visiting student at the Humboldt University, Berlin and in 2012-13 I have been Teaching Assistant in Sociological Theory and Sociology of War at the University of Trento. In 2013 I’ve been working as Research Assistant for a project on The Citizens Mobilizations against Chemical Risk in Porto Marghera (Italy) financed by the University of Toulouse 3 – Paul Sabatier. My Phd dissertation investigates the mobilization of expertise and knowledge in contentious politics, and specifically environmental conflicts. I’m using contributions from sociology of knowledge, expertise and ideas, social movements studies and contentious politics

 

Research interests: sociological theory, historical sociology, sociology of ideas and knowledge, political sociology, and cultural sociology

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.