Introducing the Late Spring 2021 CISE Seminar Series

A new, short series of five online seminars by CISE researchers, running in May and June 2021. See program below!

The CISE Seminar Series (since 2018, the first regular seminar series in the Luiss Department of Political Science – DiSP) was originally born with the aim to: 1) establish a practice of open discussion for the work in progress of CISE researchers; 2) consolidate a network of in-person scientific interaction among the CISE, the broader LUISS research community, and other universities in the Rome area.

Later on, a Luiss DiSP Department multi-disciplinary series was established, although with a different format: multi-disciplinary discussion of broad social science topics (usually through presentation of published work).

As a result, we split our activity in two. On the one hand, we contributed to multi-disciplinary DiSP seminars. On the other hand, we are now reviving a smaller CISE series focusing back on one of our original aims: smaller, focused, detailed, technical discussion of work in progress by CISE (and other) researchers in the area of political science usually known as EPOP (Elections, Public Opinion, Parties).

These four coming meetings are a first experiment in this direction, which could possibly evolve into an online venue for EPOP research in the future.


Seminars will be held online, on Wednesdays from 17:30-19:00 (unless otherwise specified), in Lorenzo De Sio’s virtual meeting room on WebEx.

It is assumed that all participants have read the paper before the seminar, so that little time (usually 15-20’) will be dedicated to the paper presentation.


19 May 2021
EU mobilisation, electoral support and the emergence of a transnational cleavage
Luca Carrieri (University of Siena), Nicolò Conti (Unitelma Sapienza) and Marco Morini (Sapienza University of Rome)
(paper available on request: write to

9 June 2021
Going technocratic? Diluting governing responsibility after electoral change in Western Europe
Vincenzo Emanuele (LUISS Guido Carli), Marco Improta (LUISS Guido Carli), Bruno Marino (University of Bologna) and Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena)
(paper available on request: write to

16 June 2021
Love interrupted? Left power and the pursuit of equality in Western Europe (1900-2020)
Vincenzo Emanuele (LUISS Guido Carli) and Federico Trastulli (LUISS Guido Carli)

23 June 2021
Towards Measuring Party Ideology Beyond Unidimensional Competition: Examples from Western European Manifestos in the 2010s
Federico Trastulli (LUISS Guido Carli)
(paper available on request: write to

Friday 25 June 2021 – 17:30-19:00
Issue characterization of electoral change (and how recent elections in Western Europe were won on economic issues)
Davide Angelucci (LUISS Guido Carli) and Lorenzo De Sio (LUISS Guido Carli)
(article just accepted on QOE-IJES: available here for early view download)