The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Swen Hutter


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



"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.