Introducing the CISE Seminar Series

A multidisciplinary seminar series for empirical research on democratic representation

The CISE (Italian Center for Electoral Studies) organizes a seminar series articulated on a weekly basis. The first series of seminars will run, on an experimental weekly basis, in November and December 2018.

It was born from:

  1. the need and interest of the CISE to establish a practice of open discussion for the work in progress of its researchers;
  2. the aim to establish and consolidate a network of scientific interaction relating the CISE within the LUISS research community (both in the Department of Political Science and in other departments) and with other universities in the Rome area.

As a result, it is open to any researcher wishing to present their empirical work in progress (both quantitative and qualitative) on issues of democratic representation broadly meant (e.g., but not limited to, electoral behavior, party competition, party systems, electoral legislation), from any scientific discipline.

We believe this provides a great opportunity for PhD students, postdocs and faculty engaged in empirical research to discuss their work with an audience that is not necessarily specialized in the specific field, thus providing wide-ranging feedback, and for the audience to learn about the everyday practice of empirical research in the social sciences.


Seminars will be generally held on Thursday at 1pm in a meeting room on the 4th floor of the main building of the Viale Romania LUISS campus.

It is assumed that all participants have read the paper before the seminar, so that little time (usually 15’) will be dedicated to the paper presentation.

A light lunch will be provided for up to 20 participants; seating is limited, so please register in advance.

Calendar – Fall 2018 Series

In this first experimental series, the following seminars will be offered (click on any title to register):

15 Nov 2018, 13:00 (Room 411)
“Where You Lead, I Will Follow”: Partisan Cueing on High Salience Issues
Aldo Paparo (LUISS)

22 Nov 2018, 13:00 (Room 409)
Reshaping EU attitudes? The case of social democratic and radical left parties in Spain and Italy
Davide Vittori (LUISS)

29 Nov 2018, 13:00 (Room 409)
Making sense of party strategy innovation: Challenge to ideology and conflict mobilization as dimensions of party competition
Lorenzo De Sio (LUISS)

6 Dec 2018, 13:00 (Room 409)
Party system institutionalization: Towards a new, comprehensive approach
Vincenzo Emanuele (LUISS)

13 Dec 2018, 13:00 (Room 409)
Throwing Darts at the EU: Explaining Voting Preferences for Radical Right Parties
Luca Carrieri (LUISS)

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