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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Salvatore Sberna

Research Fellow

Research associate at the EUI from May 2012 for the project on “Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption”, directed by Bo Rothstein (FP 7). I am coordinator of the post-graduate ‘APC Program’ on Analysis, Prevention and Control of Organized Crime and Corruption, organized by the Department of Political and Social Science, University of Pisa. I completed a Ph.D in Political Science at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane in Florence with a dissertation on the politics of organized crime, a quantitative and qualitative assessment of organized crime’s impact on local government in Italy. I was visiting researcher at the Ex-legi Institute (University of Oxford), and Fulbright visiting researcher at UCLA. My publications include articles in books or journals, and I am currently preparing a manuscript about organized crime and politics in Italy.

Research interests: organized crime, political corruption, violence, democratization, and accountability

News

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.