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Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Participation and Mobilisation

3 – 14 June 2019, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence

The 3rd ECPR Summer School of our Standing Group on Participation and Mobilisation on the theme Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilisation, takes place at Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, from 3 – 14 June 2019.

The School will analyse present and past forms of grassroots participation by social movement and civil society actors at the local, regional and transnational level. More generally, the School aims to share knowledge of how to investigate processes and mechanisms that sustain active citizen participation and mobilisation in the realm of politics.

Grassroots participation and radical democracy have been at the centre of the public and political debate over the past decade. Massive popular protests and new populist challengers have had a deep impact on European politics, in the streets and in representative institutions, while digital technologies are reshaping the mechanisms of political socialisation, organisation and participation.

The emergence of new protest movements and the changing dynamics of political participation require scholars to reflect on the research strategies and methodologies used to study grassroots participation and radical democracy. Although there is a considerable amount of existing research on how social movements and civil society actors mobilise, and on the radical innovations in political participation, specialised literature on how to actually investigate these phenomena is rare, although increasingly necessary. The Summer School will address this gap, discussing how to apply the most common methods in the social sciences to investigate political participation and mobilisation.

Registration inlcudes:

  • Academic materials
  • lunches
  • welcome aperitivo & farewell dinner
  • use of library, computer and internet facilities.

Registration for this event is now closed.

The fee does not cover travel and accommodation, but registered participants can book single or double rooms in the SNS University Residence at a very competitive rate, while availability lasts. Once you have registered, we will email you with details of how to pay and book.

Questions? Email ECPR's Events Team or call +44 (0)1206 630044



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