Recent relevant research publications by Team Members


Hoffmann, M. & Neumayer, C. (2023): Movement parties’ interactions on social media: positioning and trajectories in the polity arena, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, DOI: 10.1080/19331681.2023.2239817.


Hoffman, M., Santos G., F., Neumayer, C. & Mercea, D. (2022) Lifting the Veil on the Use of Big Data News Repositories: A Documentation and Critical Discussion of A Protest Event Analysis. Communication Methods and Measures, DOI: 10.1080/19312458.2022.2128099.


Mercea, D. & Mosca, L. (2021) Understanding movement parties through their communication, Information, Communication & Society, 24:10, 1327-1343, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.1942514.


Felipe G. Santos (2020) Social movements and the politics of care: empathy, solidarity and eviction blockades, Social Movement Studies, 19:2, 125-143, DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2019.1665504.

Mercea, D. (2020) Tying transnational activism to national protest: Facebook event pages in the 2017 Romanian #rezist demonstrations. New Media & Society, 24:8, 1771–1790, DOI: 10.1177/1461444820975725.

Mercea, D., Burean, T. & Preoteasa V. (2020) Student participation and public Facebook communication: An exploration of demand and supply of political information in the Romanian #rezist demonstrations. International Journal of Communication, 14, 4136–4159 .

Mosca, L. (2020) Democratic vision and online participatory spaces in the Italian Movimento 5 Stelle, Acta Politica, 55, 1–18 . DOI: 10.1057/s41269-018-0096-y.


Goerres, A., Siewert, M. B. & Wagemann, C. (2019) Internationally Comparative Research Designs in the Social Sciences: Fundamental Issues, Case Selection Logics, and Research Limitations. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, DOI: 10.1007/s11577-019-00600-2

Grote, J. R. & Wagemann, C. eds. (2019). Social Movements and Organized Labour. Passions and Interests. Oxon and New York: Routledge.

Mercea, D. & Levy, H. (2019) Cuing collective outcomes on Twitter: A qualitative reading of movement social learning. International Journal of Communication, 13, 5629–5651.

Mosca, L. & Tronconi, F. (2019), Beyond left and right. The eclectic populism of the Five Star Movement. West European Politics, 42(6), 1258-1283. DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2019.1596691.


Blatter, J., Langer, P.C. & Wageman, C. (2018). Qualitative Methoden in der Politikwissenschaft. Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Behnke, J., Schnapp, K. U., Wagemann, C. & Blätte, A., eds. (2018). Computational Social Science: Die Analyse von Big Data. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Mercea, D. & Yilmaz, K. (2018) Movement social learning on Twitter: The case of the People’s Assembly. The Sociological Review, 66(1), 20-40. DOI: 10.1177/0038026117710536.

Mercea, D. (2018) Transnational activism in support of national protest: Questions of identity and organization. Global Networks, 18(4), 543-563, DOI: 10.1111/glob.12179.

Mercea, D., Karatas, D. & Bastos, M.T. (2018) Persistent activist communication in Occupy Gezi. Sociology, 52(5), 915-933, DOI: 10.1177/0038038517695061.

Neumayer, C. & Rossi, L. (2018) Images of protest in social media: Struggle over visibility and visual narratives. New Media & Society, 20 (11), 4293-4310, DOI: 10.1177/1461444818770602.

Radaelli, C. & Wagemann, C. (2018) What Did I Leave Out? Omitted Variables in Regression and Qualitative Comparative Analysis. European Political Science, DOI: 10.1057/s41304-017-0142-7.

Sampedro, V. & Mosca, L. (2018) Digital Media, Contentious Politics and Party Systems in Italy and Spain. Javnost – The Public, 25 (1-2), 160-168. DOI: 10.1080/13183222.2018.1423959.

Tomini, L. & Wagemann, C. (2018) Varieties of Contemporary Democratic Breakdown and Regression: A Comparative Analysis. European Journal of Political Research, 57(3), 687-716, DOI: 10.1111/1475-6765.12244.

Vaccari, C. & Wagemann, C. (2018) Outsiders Looking In and Insiders Looking Out: A Comparative Study of Newspaper Coverage of Italian-German Relationships in the 2013 Elections. Contemporary Italian Politics, 10, 1: 76-95, DOI: 10.1080/23248823.2018.1435198.


della Porta, D, Kouki, H., Fernandez, J. & Mosca, L. (2017) Movement Parties Against Austerity. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Farkas, J. & Neumayer, C. (2017) ‘Stop Fake Hate Profiles on Facebook’: Challenges for crowdsourced activism on social media. First Monday, 22 (9), DOI:

Moscal, L. & Quaranta, M. (2017) Voting for Movement Parties in Southern Europe: The Role of Protest and Digital Information. South European Society and Politics, 22(4): 427–446, DOI: 10.1080/13608746.2017.1411980.


Burean, T. & Barbus, A. (2016) The internal organization of the Romanian Political Parties. In K. Sobolewska-Myslik, B. Kosowska-Gastol and P. Borowiec (eds.) Organizational Structures of Political Parties in Central and Eastern European Countries. Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press, pp. 329-348.

Bastos, M. T. & Mercea, D. (2016) Serial activists: Political Twitter beyond influentials and the Twittertariat. New Media and Society, 18(10), 2359-2378. DOI: 10.1177/1461444815584764.

Galis, V. & Neumayer, C. (2016) Laying claim to social media by activists: a cyber-material detournement. Social Media + Society, 2 (3). DOI: 10.1177/2056305116664360.

Mercea, D. (2016) Civic Participation in Contentious Politics: The Digital Foreshadowing of Protest, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Mercea, D. & Funk, A. (2016) The social media overture of the pan-European Stop-ACTA protest: An empirical examination of participatory coordination in connective action. Convergence, 22(3), 287-312. DOI: 10.1177/1354856514563663.

Mercea, D. & Bastos, M. (2016) Being a serial transnational activist. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 21(2), 140-155. DOI: 10.1111/jcc4.12150.

Mercea, D., Iannelli, L. & Loader, B. (2016) Protest communication ecologies. Information, Communication and Society, 19(3), 279-289. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2015.1109701.

Mosca, L. & Quaranta, M. (2016) News diets, social media use and non-institutional participation in three communication ecologies: comparing Germany, Italy and the UK. Information, Communication & Society, 19(3), 325-345, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2015.1105276.

Neumayer, C. & Rossi, L. (2016) 15 years of protest and media technologies scholarship: A sociotechnical timeline. Social Media + Society, 2 (3), DOI: 10.1177/2056305116662180.

Neumayer, C., Rossi, L. & Karlsson, B. (2016) Contested hashtags: Blockupy Frankfurt in social media, International Journal of Communication, 10, 5558-5579.

Neumayer, C. & Svensson, J. (2016) Activism and radical politics in the digital age: Towards a typology. Convergence, 22 (2), 131-146, DOI: 10.1177/1354856514553395.

Neumayer, C. (2016) Nationalist and anti-fascist movements in social media. A. Bruns et al. (ed), The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics, London: Routledge, pp. 296-307.

Schneider, C. Q. & Wagemann, C. (2016). Assessing ESA on What It Is Designed For: A Reply to Cooper and Glaesser. Field Methods 28 (3), 316-21, DOI: 10.1177/1525822X15598977.