Donatella della Porta is a world-leading political sociologist whose work has profoundly shaped contemporary understandings of the nature of social movements, protest and democracy. Currently Director of the Centre on Social Movement Studies and Dean of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, in 2011 she was the recipient of the Mattei Dogan Prize for distinguished achievements in the field of political sociology. Her rigorous comparative studies of the rise of social and protest movements have knitted together quantitative and qualitative analysis to demonstrate the importance of socio-economic, cultural and political factors in explaining the backlash against the perceived corruption of democratic systems across the world. In recent years she has focused on the consequences of austerity for these movements, a theme examined in her Polity books Social Movements in Times of Austerity and Movement Parties Against Austerity. Polity has also published her book Can Democracy Be Saved?