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Triangulation in Social Movement Research

Chapter in edited book - 2014

Author: Philip M. Ayoub, Sophia Wallace and Chris Zepeda-Millan

 

Bridging research on democracy, social movements and communication

Chapter in edited book - 2013

Author: Donatella della Porta

Corruzione : la chiamano democrazia ma non lo è

Chapter in edited book - 2013

Author: Donatella della Porta

 

Framing-Prozesse in der Klimabewegung : vom Klimawandel zur Klimagerechtigkeit

Chapter in edited book - 2013

Author: Donatella della Porta and Louisa Parks

 

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

Partecipazione e Movimenti Sociali

Chapter in edited book - 2013

Author: Roberto Biorcio and Donatella della Porta

 

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

 

Global Movements in Local Struggles: Findings on the Social Forum Process in Italy

Chapter in edited book - 2012

Author: Donatella della Porta and Lorenzo Mosca

This chapter addresses the developments of local social forums in Italy. It looks especially at their network structures, framing and repertoires of action, as well as their consequences on the Italian social movement sector.

Os movimientos sociales e a sociedade civil

Chapter in edited book - 2012

Author: Donatella della Porta

 

News

08/06/2017

Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

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The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.

19/05/2017

Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

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Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017

19/05/2017

Marco Deseriis wins Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government

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Dr. Marco Deseriis, Marie Curie Fellow and Research Fellow at Cosmos, has won the Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government (Danube University, Krems Au Donau, Austria)

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

The Electoral Success of the Radical Left: Explaining the Least Likely Case of the Communist Party in Graz

Manès Weisskircher
Recently, scholars have shown a growing interest in radical left parties (RLPs). In terms of electoral success, the rise of the KPÖ Graz, the Communist Party in Austria’s second biggest city, represents perhaps the most counterintuitive case in Western Europe. This analysis shows how the party has managed to ‘own’ the issue of housing and to exploit local political opportunities in order to be electorally successful. The findings point to the importance of agency and the subnational level for RLPs, and highlight more general questions in the study of this party family.

Journal Article - 2017

Non-deliberative politics in deliberative democracy: distinct approaches for different actors

Andrea Felicetti
In this paper Andrea Felicetti first illustrates the main ideas of the systemic turn, explores the distinction between ‘deliberative’ and ‘non-deliberative’ politics and investigates the main arguments justifying non-deliberative politics. Then, he builds upon these arguments to shed new light on the relationship between deliberative and non-deliberative politics. He identifies three distinctive actors in deliberative systems (political institutions, empowered agents, and public space actors). Finally, he argues that deliberative democrats should adopt three different approaches (intensive, moderate, and free) in order to assess whether the use of non-deliberative politics by each of these actors is legitimate.