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Gianfranco Baldini

Associate Professor

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Academic discipline: SPS/04 Political Science

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CURRICULUM VITAE Gianfranco Baldini

February 2024

Associate Professor Political Science,

University of Bologna, Department of Political and Social Sciences

Nationality: Italian, Born Modena, 19 July 1970


Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Bologna, 2008- (national Scientific qualification as Full Professor obtained April 2017);

Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Salerno, 2005-2008,

Assistant Professor, Lecturer, Political Science, University of Salerno, 2002-2005

Other Research and Teaching positions

Dickinson Center for European Studies, Bologna, Adjunct Professor, Italian Politics (2019)

Istituto Cattaneo Research Foundation, Scientific Committee, Member (2010-)

Center for the Study of the European Project, funded by Carisbo Foundation; member of editorial board 2008-2013

Itanes (Italian National Electon Study), Scientific Committee, member 1998-2002

Visiting Fellowship/Professorship

2023- Visiting Professor, 1 week, Toyo University, Tokyo

2022- Research Associate, Centre for Britain and Europe, University of Surrey (UK)

2021; September, 4-day German federal Election Monitoring Observation (Berlin) funded by International Association for the Study of German Politics

2017, Queen Mary University, London, Erasmus Visiting Professor, 1 week (January)

2015 6-month fellowship Crick Centre, Sheffield University

2014, University of Lyon, Invited Visiting Professor, 20-hour course on ‘The Eurosceptic Challenge’

2013, DAAD Fellowship, 1 month, Frankfurt University

2014, University of Lyon, Invited Visiting Professor, 20-hour Course ‘Challenges to Representative politics in Europe’

2013, University of Trier, Erasmus Visiting Professor, 1 week (June)

2012, University of Lyon, Erasmus Visiting Professor, 1 week

2010, April, Pennsylvania University, Philadelphia, Visiting Professor BCSP Programme

2009-12 Johns Hopkins Bologna Center, Research Associate

2004 January One-Month, Visiting Fellow, York University, Department of Politics

2001-02 Research Associate, Post- Doctoral: TM Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the CEVIPOF, Paris (Research network «Political Representation and Party Choice in the Euro­pean Union» coordinated by Prof. Hermann Schmitt, University of Mannheim, local responsible Colette Ysmal)


1999: Celso Ghini National Award by the SISE (Italian Electoral Studies Society) for the best Italian PhD dissertation on Electoral studies.

(2019 short-listed for the BJPIR (British Journal of Politics and IR) John Peterson Best Paper Prize


1999-2001 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dipartimento di Politica, Istituzioni, Storia, University of Bologna

Ph.D. Political Science, University of Florence, 1998.

MSc European Politics and Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1996.

B.A. University of Bologna, Faculty of Political Science, 1994.

Recent funds obtained from extra-Departmental sources

2023- Prin, member of Project UNVEIL (Understanding Vulnerability to Expand insight on Local Units), Funded by Italian Ministry of Research

2019/2020 conference on Populism and European Identity (2020, hold October 2021 due to Covid restrictions), co-sponsored by UNIBO (Institute for Advances Studies); Dickinson Centre, Bologna

2018 Political Quarterly: Selected best proposal for a Special Section (Conference on Brexit, organized University of Bologna, June 2018, in cooperation with British Embassy in Italy

Unibo, University

2014 PI 4.000 € University of Bologna Research Networks (FARB)

Italian Ministry for University (National Research funded Projects; funds obtained in 2002, 2003, 2007, 2015)

Post-Doc supervision

Unibo, Chiara Fiorelli, 2021-22

Unibo, Consortium with University of Pisa, Andrea Pareschi, 2018-19

PhD External Examiner: UNIVERSITY OF PAVIA, April 2017, University of Milan, October 2015

Other Departmental Services

ERASMUS exchange, local coordinator (Bordeaux, London Metropolitan University 2010-16); Reading (2015-), Surrey (2017-); Departmental Library steering committee (member 2014-2019); committee on internal funding for Research and Teaching activities, Responsible 2021-


2023- Journal of Common Market Studies, Annual Review, Co-Editor

2024-Italian Journal of Electoral Studies, Member of Editorial Board

2021-23 Il Mulino, rivista di cultura e politica, member of Editorial board

2015- Pifo Politische Italien-Forschung (PIFO), Occasional Papers Series, Member of International Advisory Board

2007-19 Series editor «Elections, government, democracy», Il Mulino

2013 Editorial Boards Italian Politics (previously co-ordinator of Editorial board 2006-)

2002-11 Polis ‘Journal on Society and Politics in Italy’ (Member Editorial Board (2006-11) Chief Editorial Assistant (2004-05), supervising committee of five members; Editorial Assistant (2002-03)

Review activity for following journals: European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, Party Politics, Government and Opposition, International Political Science Review, Italian Political Science Review, Contemporary Italian Politics, Political Studies Review, Politics and Governance, Regional & Federal Studies, Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche, Journal of Political Ideologies, Contemporary European History; Quaderni di Sociologia; Publishers: ECPR Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Il Mulino, UTET, Mondadori and various others.

Research dissemination

SISP, Italian Political Science Association. Comparative Politics section. Convenor 2019-2021; I have given lectures and seminars on my research in more than 20 Italian Universities, since 2000.

Media activity: frequent comments on Italian media (SKY TV; Radio Rai, Radio 24, and many others). My work has been quoted in ‘The Guardian’ as well as in several other international outlets. I have been a TED Speaker in Rovigo, 2017, on Time and Politics; blogs for Italian and international websites

Teaching (current)

Democracy and Populism in Europe (post-graduate, in English, 8 CFU), Italian Politics (undergraduate, 10 CFU) Brexit Seminar (4 CFU),

RESEARCH interests:

Political parties, electoral systems and electoral behaviour; Regionalism and Federalism; Comparative politics (especially Western Europe: France, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain); Local Politics (Italy and comparative); Political Communication; European Union

Main recent publications (last five years)

G. Baldini; F. Tronconi, Italy. When Old Meets New [], in: Europe Today. A Twenty-First Century Introduction, Lanham (MD), Rowman & Littlefield, 2023, pp. 92 - 122

Pareschi, A., Giglioli, M., & Baldini, G. (2023). Caught between sovereignty and solidarity? A multidimensional revisitation of EU mass–elite congruence. Italian Political Science Review / Rivista Italiana Di Scienza Politica, 53(1), 3-23. doi:10.1017/ipo.2022.10

Gianfranco Baldini, Filippo Tronconi & Davide Angelucci (2022) Yet Another Populist Party? Understanding the Rise of Brothers of Italy, South European Society and Politics, 27:3, 385-405, DOI: 10.1080/13608746.2022.2159625 []

Gianfranco Baldini- Andrea Pritoni (eds.), Il sistema politico italiano, Mondadori Università, 2022

Gianfranco Baldini, Edoardo Bressanelli, Emanuele Massetti, [], «INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW», 2021, 42, pp. 1 - 16

Baldini, Gianfranco; Giglioli, Matteo, [], «GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION», 2021, 56, pp. 505 - 524


Baldini G.; Chelotti N., [], «INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW», 2021, 43, pp. 1 - 10

Baldini, Gianfranco; Giglioli, Matteo, [], «PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS», 2020, 73, pp. 363 - 384

Baldini G.; Bressanelli E.; Gianfreda S., [], «EUROPEAN POLITICS AND SOCIETY», 2020, 21, pp. 219 - 234

Giglioli, Matteo; Baldini, Gianfranco, [], «THE BRITISH JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS», 2019, 21, pp. 576 - 593

GIANFRANCO BALDINI; ANDREA PARESCHI, [], in: L’Italia sovranista e la sfida all’Europa. Le elezioni europee ed amministrative 2019, BOLOGNA, Fond. di Ricerca Istituto Carlo Cattaneo, 2019, pp. 255 - 260


Pinto, Luca; Pedrazzani, Andrea; Baldini, Gianfranco, [], in: Il vicolo cieco. Le elezioni del 4 marzo, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018, pp. 99 - 126

Baldini, Gianfranco; Bressanelli, Edoardo; Massetti, Emanuele, Who is in Control? Brexit and the Westminster Model [], «THE POLITICAL QUARTERLY», 2018, 89, pp. 537 - 544

Professional membership

Italian Political Science Association

Italian Electoral Studies Society

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