The Centre on Social Movement Studies




Institutionalizations compared : implementing the EU’s 2008 wine reform

Journal Article - 2013

Authors: Xabier Itçaina; Antoine Roger; Andy Smith

In 2008 the European Union adopted an apparently radical reform of its wine policy. However, whether this policy change actually reinstitutionalizes the regulation of this industry is dependent on how it is implemented and represented by both commercial operators and regulators located at national and intra-national scales. Using interview and documentary data generated on this… more

La comunicazione e i referendum sull'acqua : nuove strategie tra rete e territori

Chapter in edited book - 2013

Author: Matteo Cernison

Cernison investigates the 2011 online communication campaign that lead to the victory of the Italian referendum against water privatization. In particular, the chapter evidences how a very large and disperse network of activists and social movement organizations evolved its communication strategies during the campaign, adopting innovative social media strategies and giving live to less centralized… more
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Mediation and protest movements

Edited Volume - 2013

Authors: Bart Cammaerts; Alice Mattoni; Patrick McCurdy

Over the past year, international and national media have been full of stories about protest movements and tumultuous social upheaval from Tunisia to California. But scholars have not yet fully addressed the connection between these movements and the media and communication channels through which their messages spread. Correcting that imbalance, Mediation and Protest Movements explores… more
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Meeting democracy : power and deliberation in global justice movements

Edited Volume - 2013

Authors: Donatella della Porta; Dieter Rucht

The concepts of power and democracy have been extensively studied at the global, national and local levels and within institutions including states, international organizations and political parties. However, the interplay of those concepts within social movements is given far less attention. Studies have so far mainly focused on their protest activities rather than the internal… more

Partecipazione e Movimenti Sociali

Chapter in edited book - 2013

Author: Roberto Biorcio and Donatella della Porta


Protest and policing on October 15th, global day of action : the Italian case

Journal Article - 2013

Authors: Donatella della Porta; Lorenzo Zamponi

Fifteenth October 2011, a global day of anti-austerity action called for by the Spanish indignados, saw hundreds of thousands of protestors converging on Rome for a national march. One of the largest, this Rome event was however one of the most problematic, as it was disrupted by violent protests and the lack of will or… more

Protesting for justice and democracy: Italian indignados?

Journal Article - 2013

Authors: Donatella della Porta; Massimiliano Andretta

This article analyses anti-austerity protest in Italy as a sort of ‘functional equivalent’ of the Indignados movements in other countries. While the typical forms of action of these movements, the acampada, were not very widespread in Italy in 2011, there were mobilisations for social justice and participatory democracy which indeed resonated with the frames that… more

Putting protest in place : contested and liberated spaces in three campaigns

Chapter in edited book - 2013

Author: Donatella della Porta, Maria Fabbri and Gianni Piazza


Repertoires of Communication in Social Movement Processes

Chapter in edited book - 2013

Author: Alice Mattoni




"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.