University of Jyväskylä

Martti Takala lecture, Donatella della Porta: Can democracy be saved?

Start date: Dec 04, 2014 04:15 PM

End date: Dec 04, 2014 06:00 PM

Location: Mattilanniemi, Agora, Auditorio 3

Donatella della Porta is Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute in Florence and the leader of the ERC project “Mobilizing for democracy: Democratization processes and the mobilization of civil society” (2011–2016). She is one of the world’s leading researchers of political violence, social movements, policing of protest and political corruption.

She is the (co)author or (co)editor of more than 70 books and over 200 scientific articles. In her present research, she analyses the mechanisms through which civil society organisations support democratisation processes, as well as their external and internal conditions. She also studies how the participation of civil society during transitions to democracy affects the quality of democracy during consolidation.

Professor della Porta has succeeded to combine a strong theoretical background with the topicality of empirical research problems and deals with various levels of democratic processes – local, national and global – as components of the same system. In her Martti Takala lecture, she deals with the themes studied more widely in many of her recent books, such as Mobilizing for democracy. Comparing 1989 and 2011. Oxford University Press (forthcoming) and Can Democracy be Saved? Polity Press (2013).

Professor della Porta’s collaboration with the researchers of civil society and social movements at the University of Jyväskylä dates back to the 1990s. One result of current cooperation in the Academy of Finland research project “Job-seeking groups and the restructuring of opportunities in Finland since the 1990s” is the forthcoming book “The making and unmaking of precariousness” (eds. Donatella della Porta, Sakari Hänninen, Martti Siisiäinen, Tiina Silvasti). Palgrave/Macmillan (2015).

  • Further information:

Professor Martti Siisiäinen,, puh. +358408054191

Communications Officer Anitta Kananen,, puh. 040 805 4142

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