Readership: Scholars and students of political science, especially those interested in European studies, comparative politics, and sociology.
Donatella della Porta, Professor of Sociology, European University Institute, and Manuela Caiani, Research Assistant, European University Institute
Donatella Della Porta teaches courses on political sociology, transformations in democracy, social movements and civil society as well as qualitative methods and research designs, she is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute. She has received a Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris and a Ph.D in political and social sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. In 1990 she received a Career Development
Award of the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation; in 1997 a Stipendium of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. She has conducted research, among others, at Cornell University, Ithaca N.Y, and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. Her main research interests concern social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, police and policies of public order.
Manuela Caiani works for the VETO project on "Processes of Radicalisation and Violent Political Activism", focussing on right wing extremism in several European countries (Germany, Italy) and the USA. She works in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute as a research assistant. She has received a Ph.D in political and social sciences at the University of Florence in 2006 with a thesis on "The Public Discourse on Europe: An empirical research on the Italian case". In 2005, she received a funding award from the Italian CNR (Centro Nazionale della Ricerca), for a research project on "Cultural Identity, multiculturalism and European Integration"; in 2007 she worked for the European Commission, for the elaboration of a literature review on
the subject of violent radicalisation (contract n. JLSD 1/2006/12/02). Her main research interests concern social movements, Europeanization, political violence and right wing extremism, social capital.
"Perceiving contestation as a pre-condition for the emergence of a European public sphere, Manuela Caiani and Donatella della Porta are primarily concerned about one question: to what extent are we witnessing a Europeanization of social movements?... Della Porta and Caiani have shown that there is a form of European criticism emerging, which is fundamentally different from nationalist Euroscepticism on which research has focused in the past." - Roland Erne, University College Dublin, writing for Journal of Common Market Studies
"Overall, this book offers a very clear and succinct analysis of the relationship between the process of Europeanization and social movements...The clarity of the analysis makes the book accessible to
those who are not experts in the field." - Rebecca Zahn, European Journal of International Law
1: Social Movements and Europeanisation: An introduction
2: Europeanisation and the Domestication of Protest
3: The Search for EU Alliances: An Externalisation of Protest?
4: The Emergence of European Movements?
5: Euro-sceptic or critical Europeanists? Some conclusions