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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Swen Hutter

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Swen Hutter is a post-doctoral research fellow at the European University Institute where he works in the context of the ERC project “Political Conflict in Europe in the Shadow of the Great Recession” (POLCON). Before coming to the EUI, he was a researcher and reader in comparative politics at the University of Munich. In 2012/2013, he was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. Hutter studied political science at the Universities of Zurich and Växjö (Sweden) and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Munich. In January 2011, he defended his dissertation Protest politics and the right-populist turn: A comparative study of six West European countries. Studying the relationship between protest and electoral politics is one of the key contributions of the dissertation, which aims to link research on the populist radical right with research on social movements. Currently, Hutter is coordinating a comparative research project on the politicization of European integration. Again, the project looks at different political actors and arenas to obtain a comprehensive picture of the conflicts over Europe since the 1970s (including election campaigns, public debates, and protest events).

Research interests: comparative politics, political cleavages, and social movements and political parties

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.