Socio-political crisis and new governance challenges

Summer School: Socio-political crisis and new governance challenges – Rome 15th-18th of June 2015

International Conference Globalization and new socio-political trends – Rome 19th-20th of June 2015.


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In a historic phase of liquid modernity as Bauman calls it, societies undergo through fast and continuous changes. Established ways of life, thinking, acting, are undermined by a fast moving process of globalized change forcing us to face new problems and, as it usually happens during historical phases of transition, the new coagulation of social, political, economic and democratic forms that will overcome the old ones, seem yet unclear. The economic crisis biting the average family as well as small and large enterprises goes along with a crisis of political and institutional authority in many Countries. Creating a climate of uncertainty and distrust that seems to represent a threat for the democratic fiber of these nations. Changing social, economic and productive structures entail a change in the political sphere too. Social and political scientists are registering a shift in the role of political parties, and new actors and “milieus” appear on the decision making scene on one hand while on the other, traditional mass political organizations seem no longer fit to adequately represent the needs of a fast moving globalized society.


The Summer School in Socio-political crisis and new governance challenges will be organized as a residential, full immersion school, completed by a two days International Conference at the end. Students and Professors from all over the world will leave together, on the same premises where classes will be taught.

The Summer School will highlight dynamics, main issues and possible outcomes of current socio-political trends, providing the students with the means of analysis that will help them deal with the challenges brought by a fast changing world, as future scholars, political or private sector professionals.


We welcome applications from students who have completed at least a first degree course in any of the Social Sciences fields, Master and Ph.D students, Post-Docs, as well as professionals working in public administrations, or in the political or private sector.

Seminars and conferences will be held in English.



Summer School Organization

Organizer and Director: Prof. Flaminia Saccà, Università della Tuscia, President ISA RC26

Scientific Committee

President: Prof. Arianna Montanari, Università Sapienza di Roma, President of AIS-Sezione di Sociologia Politica


Prof. George Tsobanoglou (Aegean University, Greece, Vice-President of the International Sociological Association RC26 in Sociotechnics and Sociological practice)

Prof. Nikita Pokrovski (Head of the Sociology Department, Higher School of Economics, President of   the Professional Sociologists Association, Russia, Vice-President of the International Sociological Association RC26 in Sociotechnics and Sociological practice)



Prof.ssa Gloria Pirzio (Link Campus University)

Prof. Piero Fantozzi (Università della Calabria)

Prof. Antonio Costabile (Università della Calabria)

Prof. Roberto Segatori (Università di Perugia)

Prof.ssa Antonella Cammarota (Università di Messina)

Prof. Raffaele De Mucci (LUISS)

Prof. Carlo Ruzza (Università di Trento)

Prof. Nataliya Velikaya (Russian State University for the Humanities, MoscOW, Russia)

Prof. Judith Tanur (Distinguished Professor Emerita, State University of New York, Stony Brook, U.S.A.)

Prof. George Gantzias (Aegean University)


Organizing committee secretariat

Doctor  Michele Negri – Doctor Marie-Louise De Beyssac



Summer school programme

Monday 15th of June

9.00 – 10.00 Arrival and registration

10.00 -13.00  Opening Ceremony:Greetings from the Organizing Institutions and Round Table                                     “Political actors facing the socio-political crisis” (with national and international                          politicians-Introduced by Prof. Flaminia Saccà, concluded by Prof. Arianna                          Montanari)

13.00-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.30 Political crisis and changes in the political parties Prof. Flaminia Saccà

16.30-17.00 Coffee break

Ore 17.00-19.00 Political cultures and political changes in Russia Prof. Nataliya Velikaya

Ore 19.00-20.30 The Survey Prof. Judy Tanur

Ore 20.30-22.30 Dinner


Tuesday 16th of June

8.00-9.00 Breakfast

9.00-11.00 The Social Communication and the Changing of the Public Sphere Prof. Nikita Pokrovski

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 The new cleavages of European Parties, Prof. Roberto Segatori

13.00-14.30 Lunch

16.30-17.00 Coffee break

17.00-19.00 Dissociative Democracy, Prof. Raffaele De Mucci

Ore 19.00-20.30 Free

Ore 20.30-22.30 Dinner


Wednesday 17th of June

 8.00-9.00 Breakfast

9.00-11.00 The Role of Organized Civil Society in a changing European State  Prof. Carlo Ruzza

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 Politics, Parties and Clientelism, Prof. Antonio Costabile

13.00-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.30 Politics, Institutions and Legality, Prof. Piero Fantozzi

16.30-17.00 Coffee break

17.00-19.00 Changing politics from women’s perspectives  Prof. Antonella Cammarota

19.00-20.30 Free

20.30-22.30 Dinner



Thursday 18th of June

 8.00-9.00 Breakfast

9.00-11.00 National Models and Federalism in Europe Prof. Arianna Montanari

Ore 11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 Lobbies and Role of the Regions in Europe Prof. Gloria Pirzio

13.00-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.30 The Governance of Labour Crisis and New Perspectives for Europe Prof. George Tsobanoglou

16.30-17.00 Coffee break

17.00-19.00 Info-communication Power and Politics: global control, locale resistence. Prof. George Gantzias

19.00-20.30 Free

20.30-22.30 Dinner



International conference

Globalization and new socio-political trends

Rome 19th-20th of June 2015


Friday 19th of June

09.00-10.30:Arrival and Registration

10.30-11.00 Greetings from the hosting institutions

11.00-13.15 Opening Round Table Globalization and New Political Trends with International and National Politicians (co-chaired by Professors Arianna Montanari and Flaminia Saccà)

13.15-14.45 Lunch

15.00-17.30 Session 1 Political crisis and changing models of parties organizations (co-chaired by Professors Flaminia Saccà and Nataliya Velikaya)

17.30 -20.00 Session 2 New challenges for democratic governance (co-chaired by Professors George Tsobanoglou and Nikita Pokrovsky)

20.30-22.30 Dinner


Saturday 20th of June

08.00-9.00 Breakfast

09.00-11.00 Session 3 Civic society, new movements and new forms of participation (co-chaired by Professors Arianna Montanari and Rosanna Sampugnaro)

11.15-13.15 Session 4 Legality, Corruption and Political Renewal, (co-chaired by Professors Antonello Costabile and Andrea Pirni)

13.30-15.30 Lunch

15.30 Departure