Reference Readings

Reference Books and Articles for Assessment


  1. Clemens, E. S. (2016) What is Political Sociology? Cambridge: Polity.
  2. Wilson, J. and Swyngedouw E. (2015) The Post-Political and Its Discontents. Spaces of Depoliticisation, Spectres of Radical Politics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  3. De Blasio, E. and Sorice, M. (2018) Populism among technology, e-democracy and the depoliticisation process. Revista Internacional de Sociologìa, 76(4), e109.


Not attending students are requested to study the third book (item n. 4: please see: Teaching and Assessment)

Basic references

  • Amenta, E., Nash, K and Scott, A. (2016) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Balibar, E. (2015) Citizenship. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Blokker, P. and Anselmi, M. (2019)  Multiple Populisms. Italy as Democracy’s Mirror. London: Routledge.
  • Boudreau, J.A. (2017) Global Urban Politics. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Caciagli, C. (2019) Housing Squats as Educational Sites of Resistance: The Process of Movement Social Base Formation in the Struggle for the House. Antipode, 51.3, pp. 730-749. doi: 10.1111/anti.12515
  • Coleman, S. and Shane, P. M. (eds.) (2011) Connecting Democracy: Online Consultation and the Flow of Political Communication. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press.
  • Crouch, C. (2011) The Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Dalton, R. J., Farrell, D. M. and McAllister, I. (2011) Political Parties & Democratic Linkage. How Parties Organizes Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • De Blasio, E. and Sorice, M. (2018) Populism between direct democracy and the technological myth. Palgrave Communications, 4, 15.
  • De Blasio, E. and Sorice, M. (2018) Populism among technology, e-democracy and the depoliticisation process. Revista Internacional de Sociologìa, 76(4), e109.
  • de Leon, C. (2014) Party & Society. Reconstructing a Sociology of Democratic Party Politics. Cambridge: Polity.
  • della Porta, D. (2013) Can Democracy Be Saved? Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • della Porta, D. e Diani, M. (2006) Social Movements. An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • della Porta, D., Fernandez, J., Kouki, H. and Mosca, L. (2017) Movement Parties Against Austerity. Cambridge: Polity.
  • della Porta, D. and Mattoni, A. (eds.) (2014) Spreading Protest. Social movements in times of crisis. Colchester: ECPR Press.
  • Drake, M. S. (2010) Political Sociology for a Globalizing World. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Fawcett, P., Flinders, M., Hay, C. and Wood, M. (2017) Anti-Politics, Depoliticization, and Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Forgacs, D., ed. (1999) The Antonio Gramsci Reader. Selected Writings 1916-1935 (Introduction by Eric Hobsbawm). London: Lawrence and Wishart.
  • Frezzo, M. (2015) The Sociology of Human Rights. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Fuchs, C. (2017) Social Media. A Critical Introduction. London: Sage.
  • Fuchs, C. (2019) Nationalism on the Internet. Critical Theory and Ideology in the Age of Social Media and Fake News. London: Routledge.
  • Geissel, B. and Joas, M. (2013) Participatory Democratic Innovations in Europe. Berlin-Toronto: Barbara Budrich Publishers.
  • Gerbaudo, P. (2019) The Digital Party. Political Organisation and Online Democracy. London: Pluto Press.
  • Hall, S. (2017) Selected Political Writings. The Great Moving Right Show and other essays. London: Lawrence and Wishart.
  • Hidalgo Tenorio, E., Benitz-Castro, M. A. and De Cesare, F. (Eds.) (2019) Populist Discourse. Critical Approaches to Contemporary Politics. London: Routledge.
  • Jasper, J. M. (2014) Protest. A Cultural Introduction to Social Movements. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Kriesi, H. and Pappas, T. S., eds. (2015) European Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession. Colchester: ECPR Press.
  • Landman, T. (2013) Human Rights and Democracy. The Precarious Triumph of Ideals. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Littler, J. (2017) Against Meritocracy. Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility. London: Routledge.
  • Malesevic, S. (2013) Nation-States and Nationalism. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Morlino, L. (2011) Changes for Democracy. Actors, Structures, ProcessesOxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Mudde, C, and Rovira Kaltwasser, C., eds. (2012) Populism in Europe and the Americas. Threat or Corrective for Democracy? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Nash, K. (2010) Contemporary Political Sociology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Pauwels, T. (2014) Populism in Western Europe. Comparing Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. London: Routledge.
  • Pettitt, R. T. (2014) Contemporary Party Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Pilkington, H. and Pollock, G. eds. (2015) Radical Futures? Youth, Politics and Activism in Contemporary Europe. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Rush, M. (1992) Politics and Society. An Introduction to Political Sociology. London: Routledge.
  • Stanbridge, K. and Ramos, H. (2012) Seeing Politics Differently. A Brief Introduction to Political Sociology. Don Mills (Canada): Oxford University Press.
  • Tormey, S. (2015) The end of representative politics. Cambridge: Polity.