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Note biografiche

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER), Bocconi University, where I work on a project which studies the interaction between politics and bureaucracy in contemporary democracies. We use advanced text analysis tools (based on computational linguistics) to study the effects of civil service reform and delegation on legislative complexity.

I have also worked and am still working on other topics: business and government in the European Union; public policy and public opinion in tobacco control; representation and transparency in local democracies. I have been involved in several cross-country research projects, funded by the European Research Council, the British Academy and the Economic and Social Research Council. My research has featured in several journals, such as JPART, EJPR and JEPP, and my manuscript (with David Coen and Alexander Katsaitis) is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

I did my PhD at UCL (awarded in February 2017), I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in political science from the University of Trento and an MRes from the LSE.

References: David Coen (UCL), Peter John (UCL and KCL) and Massimo Morelli (Bocconi)

Curriculum Accademico

Academic Employment

Nov 2016: Postdoctoral Researcher, Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER),
Bocconi University, Milano, IT.
- ERC Project ‘The Political Economy of Power Relations’ with Massimo Morelli


Oct 2013– Feb 2017: MPhil/PhD Political Science, School of Public Policy, UCL, London, UK.
- Topic: interaction between public policy and public opinion in tobacco control
- Awarded Feb 2017 (examiners: Colin Provost, UCL, and Pepper Culpepper, Oxford University)

Oct 2012– Sept 2013
MSc European Studies (Research), European Institute, London School of Economics

Aree di interesse scientifico

Business and Government, Strategic Management and Lobbying in the EU

Delegation, Legislative Complexity and Natural Language Process Techniques

Public Policy and Public Opinion in Tobacco Control

Democracy, Representation, Transparency and Experimental Research

Pubblicazioni principali

2018: A Comparative Test of the Punctuated Equilibrium Theory: Policy Punctuations in Tobacco Control, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice
2018: A Behavioural Theory Of Policy Feedback In Tobacco Control: Evidence From A Difference-In-Difference-In-Difference Study, Policy Studies Journal
2018: The Strategic Management of Government Affairs in Brussels, with David Coen, Business and Society

2017: Transparency at the Parish Pump: A Field Experiment to Measure the Effectiveness of Freedom of Information Requests in England, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 27(3):485-500 (with Ben Worthy and Peter John)

2016: Sliding Doors In Brussels: A Career Path Analysis Of EU Affairs Managers, European Journal of Political Research, 55(4):811-826 (with David Coen)  

2015: Explaining the Variation in the Europeanization of Business: an Institutionalist Theory, Journal of European Public Policy, 22(10): 1467-1488​