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Della Porta & MattoniWhich 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. In doing this, the book casts light on the more general mechanisms of protest diffusion in contemporary societies, explaining how mobilisations travel from one country to another and, also, from past to present times.

Bridging different fields of the social sciences, and covering a broad range of empirical cases, this book develops new theoretical perspectives. 

'This rich, punchy volume is the best overview yet of the extraordinary wave of movements that exploded around the world in 2011. It especially shows how the movements are transnational and very national at one and the same time, learning from each other yet inventing their own paths.' James M Jasper, City University of New York

EJPR back in the top 10 and EPS continues its ascent 07/08/2014

The Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index for 2013 has now been published and its good news for the ECPR’s journals. The increase in the EJPR’s Impact Factor has been such that it is now back in the top 10 – at number 8, with a 56% increase on 2012. EPS, the ECPR’s professional journal, received its highest Impact Factor to date and a move up in the rankings from 118 to 69.

Unfortunately, the news from EPSR was not so good with a fall from last year’s high, but preliminary analysis shows that the figures were very strongly influenced by the movement out of the impact factor window of one particular article - Vivien Schmidt’s ‘Taking ideas and discourse seriously: explaining change through discursive institutionalism’ from issue 2:1 (2010), which has received 80 citations to date!

Call for Paper proposals for the 2015 Joint Sessions of Workshops 01/08/2014

The Joint Sessions of Workshops will be held in the bustling and vibrant city of Warsaw. The Workshops are highly valued by political and social scientists across the World for its unique format encouraging scholars to gather and discuss their research in a focused environment. With each Workshop limited to 15-20 participants, each Paper can benefit from thorough discussion.

Workshops have been approved and Paper proposals can now be submitted. Proposals must be submitted through the online form. The deadline for Paper proposals is 1 December 2014. If you have any further questions, please email Marcia Taylor at 

Deliberative Mini-PublicsThis collection of essays, edited by Kimmo Grönlund, André Bächtiger and Maija Setälä, makes up the first book-length account of the booming phenomenon of mini-publics.

The authors offer a systematic review of the variety of mini-publics, discuss their weaknesses, and recommend ways to make them a viable component of democracy.

Contributions take stock of deliberative mini-publics' diverse practices and, more concretely, look at their preconditions, processes, and outcomes. They also provide a critical assessment of, in particular, mini-publics' lack of policy impact. 

Bringing together leading scholars in the field, notably James S Fishkin and Mark E Warren, Deliberative Mini-Publics will speak to anyone with an interest in democracy and democratic innovations.