Presenting the Spring 2019 CISE Seminar Series

A multidisciplinary seminar series for empirical research on democratic representation

The CISE (Italian Center for Electoral Studies) has set up a new series of weekly seminars. After the first, experimental series of seminars held in Autumn 2018, the new series will run from February to June 2019.

The CISE seminars were 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 held on Thursday at 1pm in room 409 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 – Spring 2019 Series

In this new series, the following seminars will be offered. Click on any of the future seminars to register, click on any of the past seminars to download the paper. Click on the speaker’s name to view the video interview presenting the paper. (

14 Feb
Digital Leaders: The Personalization of Voting Decisions in the Broadband Era
Diego Garzia (University of Lucerne)

21 Feb
Politicization and Common Security and Defence Policy. Parties, voters, and the European Common Security and Defence Policy
Davide Angelucci (LUISS Guido Carli)

28 Feb
Citizens, immigration and the EU as a shield
Nicolò Conti (Unitelma Sapienza University)

7 Mar
Membership and members’ participation in new movement parties: the cases of Podemos and the Five Star Movement
Davide Vittori (LUISS Guido Carli)

14 Mar
Party Systems and Factionalism in Western Europe
Bruno Marino (Unitelma Sapienza University)

21 Mar
The Presidential Party’. A theoretical Framework for comparative analysis
Gianluca Passarelli (Sapienza University)

28 Mar
Party (system) crashers? Trajectories of genuinely new parties in Western Europe after 1945
Vincenzo Emanuele (LUISS Guido Carli)

4 Apr
Patterns of political disagreement among conspiracy theory believers: The Italian case
Moreno Mancosu (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

11 Apr
Psychophysiological indices of political orientation
Giulia Galli (Kingston Universty)

18 Apr
The Holy Grail of Organizing. Why are political parties and civil society in love with community organizing?
Mattia Diletti (Sapienza University)

2 May
Voting the candidate or the party? The role of SMD candidates in the 2018 Italian general election
Federico Vegetti (University of Milan)

9 May
`The times they are a-changin’´: Party campaign strategies in the 2018 Italian election
Nicola Maggini (University of Florence)

16 May
The politics of mafia business: Political configurations and organized crime in Italy
Francesco Moro (University of Bologna)

23 May
Are schools the great equalizer? Education and social mobility in Italy
Fabrizio Bernardi (European University Institute)

30 May
Intermediaries and orchestration in EU foreign policy. The case of the OSCE in the Ukrainian crisis
Maria Giulia Amadio Vicerè (LUISS Guido Carli)

6 June
The Valence Side of the EU: Advocating for National Interests in Europe
Luca Carrieri (LUISS Guido Carli)

13 June
Saliency congruence and party preference change: an individual-level comparative analysis based on CAWI and Twitter data
Irene Landini (LUISS Guido Carli)


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