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Cosmos Events

DATE: 8 October 2014. Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

EUI Social Movement Working Group. Session 1: "Bringing Capitalism Back In. Social Movements in Times of Austerity"

Beginning with Iceland, and then forcefully in Egypt, Tunisia, Spain, Greece and Portugal, or more recently in Peru, Brazil, Russia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Ukraine, people have taken to the streets against what they perceive as a rampant and dangerous corruption of democracy, with a focus on inequality and suffering. Donatella della Porta addresses the anti-austerity social movements of which these protests form part, mobilizing in the context of a crisis of neoliberalism.

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DATE: 24 September 2014, 1:30pm. Seminar Room, Villa Pagliaiuola

Cosmos Talks. "Disentangling Complexity: Japanese, US and German Polities as Network Interactions"

In this presentation Prof. Jeffrey Broadbent compares the interaction of three networks (public political support, vital information flow, and expected long-term reciprocity) in the labor policy domains of three polities (US, Germany and Japan). The analysis reveals distinct interaction patterns among the networks in each case, producing power via different relational media with distinct outcomes.

 

Recent Publications

Spreading Protest: Social Movements in Times of Crisis

Donatella della Porta and Alice Mattoni

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Which elements do the Arab Spring, the Indignados and Occupy Wall Street have in common? How do they differ? What do they share with social movements of the past? This book discusses the recent wave of global mobilisations from an unusual angle, explaining what aspects of protests spread from one country to another, how this happened, and why diffusion occurred in certain contexts but not in others.


Methodological Practices in Social Movement Research

Donatella della Porta

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With the growing interest in social movement studies there has been also an increasing need for methodological guidance for empirical research. This volume addresses this need by introducing the main methods of data collection and data analysis.

Download the first chapter [+]

Book in the O.U.P. catalogue [+]


Mobilizing for Democracy. Comparing 1989 and 2011

Donatella della Porta

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While the pictures used to illustrate the most recent wave of protests for democracy in North Africa represent mass protest, research on social movements and democratization have rarely interacted. This volume aims to fill this gap by looking at episodes of democratization through the lens of social movement studies.

Download the first chapter [+]

Book in the O.U.P. catalogue [+]


Protesting Culture and Economics in Western Europe  

Swen Hutter

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In this far-reaching work, Swen Hutter demonstrates the usefulness of studying both electoral politics and protest politics to better understand the impacts of globalization. Hutter integrates research on cleavage politics and populist parties in Western Europe with research on social movements, showing how major new cleavages restructured protest politics over a thirty-year period, from the 1970s through the 1990s.


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Cosmos Talks

Cosmos Talks

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Organized by Lorenzo Bosi, Donatella Della Porta and Alice Mattoni
Date:
20/09/2014
EUI Social Movement Working Group Relaunched

EUI Social Movement Working Group Relaunched

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EUI Social Movement Working Group 2014/15. First session: 8th October 2014
Date:
20/09/2014
A two years post-doctoral position on social movement studies at SNS Florence

A two years post-doctoral position on social movement studies at SNS Florence

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Deadline: 28th August 2014
Date:
24/07/2014
Summer School "Social Movements in Global Perspectives- Past, Present and Future"

Summer School "Social Movements in Global Perspectives- Past, Present and Future"

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Ruhr-University Bochum, 1-12 September 2014. Call for Applications and Papers open.
Date:
13/06/2014

The Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) is part of the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute.

It focuses on social movements as part of broader contentious politics. It promotes theoretically-driven empirical analyses on forms, dimensions, causes and impacts of social movements, in established democracies as well as authoritarian regimes.

Particular attention is given to social movements as promoters of democratization processes.