1) Political leadership with a focus either on organization
theory or political communication. The relationship between
leadership and the personalization, the popularization and the
intimisation of politics
2) Women's leadership and communication style. Political
communication, electoral propaganda and political language. The
analysis of women in top positions in national and local
3) Analysis of political discussion and
political participation offline and online. Analysis of
electoral and permanent campaigns.
4) Mass media and quality of democracy.
The first of my research topics concerns the analysis of
political leadership with attention either to aspects related to
the organization theory (style of leadership and relationship
between leaders and followers) or aspects related to communication
(the language and communication style of political leaders). The
research on communication aspects concerns also the relationship
between leadership and phenomena like the personalization,
popularization and intimization of politics.
Research on leadership has clear connections with my second
line of research that has a special focus on gender and political
leadership. The analysis of the role of women in
political top positions is also the object of another line of
research. My interests in gender and politics are also extended to
the online communication of female candidates.
The third research topic deals with forms of political
participation, interpersonal communication, social networks and
voting. In particular I analyze the role of political networks in
filtering political information. The analysis concerns electoral
and permanent campaigns and deals with offline and online
The fourth line of research concerns the relationship between
mass media and the quality of democracy. It concerns both citizens'
reaction to media and media production and offer of political
information. A particular focus is on mechanisms of
interistitutional accountability between media and political
natioanl and supranational institutions (i.e. EU).