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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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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

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.