and main publications
European Integration and State Restructuring in Western Europe.
This project investigates the causal connections between
inter-state integration and intra-state processes of federalisation in Europe on
the basis of a cross-sectional and cross-temporal comparative approach. The project is funded by the
European Integration, Party Strategies and State Restructuring: a
European Political Science Review.
Europeanization and the Unravelling of Belgium: a Comparative
Analysis of Party Strategies.
Acta Politica 47/2: 181-209.
Federalism, Nationality, and Democracy in Switzerland.
investigated the nature and evolution of Swiss federalism from a comparative
perspective. It dealt with a number of aspects, including its relevance for the evolving confederalism of the EU,
the degree to which it is challenged by Europeanisation, its connections with
democracy and with national identity. The project was funded by
Institut d’Estudis Autonòmics, the British
Academy and the
James Madison Trust and led to the following main
2013. Switzerland - Europe's First Federation. In John Loughlin, John Kincaid and Wilfried Swenden (eds),
The Routledge Handbook of Regionalism
and Federalism. Abingdon: Routledge.
Multi-lingual but Mono-national - Exploring and Explaining Switzerland's
Exceptionalism. In Ferran Requejo and Miquel Caminal (eds),
Federalism, Plurinationality, and Democratic Constitutionalism - Theory and Cases.
2011. The Emergence and Evolution of Democracy in Switzerland. In Mary Malone (ed.),
Achieving Democracy - Democratization in Theory and
Practice. New York, Ny, USA: Continuum.
The Acid Test? Competing Theses on the Nationality-Democracy Nexus
and the Case of Switzerland.
Nations and Nationalism 17/2: 357-76 [with
2010. Federal Democracy in Switzerland. In Michael Burgess and Alain
Federal Democracies. Abingdon:
Science Review 14/3: 551-77.
Federalism: Institutional Adaptation and Symbolic Constraints. In Clive Church
and the European Union. London: Routledge.
The Dynamics of Confederalism and Federalism: Comparing
Switzerland and the EU.
Regional and Federal
Studies 15/2: 163-85 [with
European Integration and the Politics of Devolution in Scotland.
This project investigated whether European
integration had a significant impact on the demand for self-government in
Scotland. In particular, it addressed the question of whether the process of
integration increased the demand for self-government between 1979 and 1997. On
the basis of a comparative analysis over time of the strategies of elite
political actors and of the preferences at mass public level, the research
concluded that the European dimension played a crucial role in raising the
demand for self-government in Scotland between the two points in time. This
project started as a doctoral research conducted in the
Government of the
London School of
Economics and was funded
by the ESRC under the 1995-2000
Globalisation, Regions and Emerging Markets programme [award No.
R00429824368] and by the LSE under the
Studentship scheme. Its results were reported in a
PhD thesis for the University of London
and have subsequently been published in the following outputs:
Europeanization as Heresthetics: Party Competition over Self-Government for
Politics 15/1: 49-68.
Two Unions: Europeanisation and Scottish Devolution. Manchester:
Manchester University Press.
Democratic Deficit or the Europeanisation of Secession? Explaining the
Devolution Referendums in Scotland.
Political Studies 53/2: 320-42.
Ideology and Rationality: the Europeanisation of the Scottish National
Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 32/3: 271-84.
The Implementation of Subsidiarity in the European Union.
project was concerned with ascertaining the extent to which the principle of subsidiarity had been implemented in EU policy-making after the ratification of
the Treaty of Maastricht, which formally enshrined the principle. Taking the
European Regional Development Fund as a test case, it concluded that the
principle had still not been implemented by the late 1990s. This project
started as research for my
dissertation at the
University of Durham and its
results were subsequently published in the following article:
Implementing Subsidiarity: Regional Policy from a British Perspective.
Federal Studies 9/2: 69-88.
Social and Political Factors in the Industrial Development of
This project investigated the connections between social structures, political agency and industrial development
in Turin in the early XX
century. It found that Turin's social structures and cultural traditions
facilitated industrialisation through the crucial mediating factor of local
government's agency. This project started as research for my Laurea
thesis at the
University of Turin and its results were
subsequently published in the following article:
e transizioni: l'esperienza dell'età
giolittiana [Resources and Transitions: the Case of Turin in the Early
Twentieth Century]. Sisifo 25: 57-62.