The Elite Module: Lectures 2018 of Prof. Luca Verzichelli now scheduled

SAVE THE DATES: 10/5 h 18-20 (Room 6) & 11/5 h 16-18 (Room 3A)

A short introduction to Elite studies in comparative politics, with a particular focus on the European scenario, will be given. The following topics will be covered: 1) the analysis of “positional study of political elites”: social profiles, modes of selection and career patterns of contemporary ruling elites in Europe; 2) the analysis of “attitudinal study of political elites”: role orientation, normative values and the question of the elite-mass gap; 3) the study of the processes of elite selection and leader selection in the contemporary democracies; 4) methodological issues in the study of contemporary political elites. Studying the elites via political discourse, documentary data, social media.

Two seminars with Dr. PhD Gianni del Panta are also planned:

4/5 h 16-18 (Room 3A) Regime Change. Democracy and Democratization
16/5 h 18-20 (Room TBA) Autocracies after Autocracies

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Next seminar session about Public opinion’s attitudes & the EU in hard times: 2-3 May

Encouraged by Prof. Paolo Bellucci, students have explored the potential sources of a European identity, compared to the national ones. An assessment of the many factors that can sustain or hinder the development of such a European identification among citizens of EU member states was developed.

To what extent identity and citizenship attitudes are important determinants of people’s overall evaluations of EU integration will be explored by students during the seminar session on 2 May (h 17-19) & 3 May (h 9-11) at Presidio Mattioli. Presentions by students are going to be organized on a list of given topics. Enroll yourselves as a working group!



Disenchantment with the EU?.. What do European citizens think?

On 16 April 2018 the EUReACT module about Public opinion attitudes towards EU membership and policies starts.

The first 2 meetings are with Prof. Francesco Olmastroni: 16/4 h 13-15 (Room 3A) & 17/4 h 15-17 (Room M).

Then Prof. Paolo Bellucci follows: 18/4 h 17-19 & 19/4 h 9-11 (Room 3B).

The session will be concluded with the Laboratory on Public Opinion survey data: 4/5 & 11/5 h 11-13 (Aula L).


Save the dates!


Great presentations during the first wave of WGs’ feedback (23/3/2018)

Claims to EU legitimacy have been examined (WG1): electoral democracy vs. policy effectiveness? Can they come together? Evidences from the the eurocrisis have been taken into consideration.

Furthermore, WG2 has introduced the role political parties could play in order to mitigate citizens’ disconnection to EU politics.

WGs started to meet: Take part & discuss issues about democracy in the EU

19/3 h 13-15 & 20/3/2018 h 15-17 Working groups prepare class discussion

23/3 h 11-13 & 26/3/2018 h 13-15 Students presentations and class discussion


Examples of TOPICS:

To what extent the “Better regulation” agenda is a way through which the European Commission has tried to enhance the legitimacy of EU policies? What does it obstacle the development of a more likely transnational party system? How do NPs actively contribute to the democratic functioning of the EU?…

If you want to ADD QUESTIONS, contribute to the debate sending an email to



The EUReACT Event 2017 finally arrived: 12 June 2017 h 14.30-17.30

Experiencing EU democracy: Q&A session 2017

Ask directly your questions to political leaders and policy experts through the EUReACT live chat!

The Meeting is held in Room 3A (Presidio Mattioli). Download the program of the Event.

After the small groups sessions, the EUReACT students a.y. 2016/17 are now ready to interview politicians and policy experts about EU politics. Topics of dicussion: Citizens & the European polity; Political elites & multilevel careers; Democratic control over the EU policy making; Impact of crises & crisis management in the EU.

Join us, the Event is open to the public and will be recorded to be then available from the U-Siena Integra Platform.

Extra seminar on European parties

Today, 22 May 2017, h 13-15 (aula 3A) Prof. Enrico Calossi joins us to present his book “Anti-Austerity Left Parties in the EU. Competion, Coordination and Integration” (2016, Pisa University Press).

See “Events/Special Guests” to download the full slide presentation.