Volume 6, April 2011

The transfer process from the old Italian Political Science platform (now no longer accessible) to the new one is massive, but we are doing our best to perform this task quickly and efficiently. We ask for your patience as we organize content on the new website. Thanks for bearing with us.

All Volume 6 articles, however, are currently accessible in this page in a temporary .pdf format.

We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your interest in IPS older issues.

E-virgins, e-MEPs and MEP 2.0: Internet-based political communication in the European Parliament
Stefano Braghiroli, published on April 15, 2011.

The use of new interactive technologies is increasingly characterizing vertical political communication (between elites and voters) (Blondel 2005; Higley and Pakulski 2007). In particular, politicians’ websites have grown both in number and sophistication. […]

From Words to Facts: Wordfish, a Modern Technique to Estimate Policy Positions of Political Actors
Andrea Ceron, published on April 15, 2011.

Expert surveys and roll-call analysis are two of the most common approaches to measure party ideal points and party cohesion (Benoit and Laver 2006). In expert surveys some specialists are asked to identify parties positions on several policy dimensions defined “ex-ante” by the researcher. […]

United by the nation, divided over federalism: a research survey for Italy’s birthday
Francesco Olmastroni, published on April 15, 2011.

A mixture of shared feelings and symbolic attachment to the nation’s unity, but a strong polarization on the current federal reform are some of the main findings of a recent survey conducted by the Laboratorio Analisi Politiche e Sociali (LAPS) at the University of Siena on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Italian unification. […]

International Relations in Italy through the eyes of the Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica
Marco Clementi, published on April 15, 2011.

In his introduction to the state of the art of International Relations at the end of the Cold War, Luigi Bonanate labelled International Relations (IR) in Italy as a “young discipline” (1990: 66). […]

Publishing political science in Italy. An analysis of the last decade of contributions to the RISP
Diego Garzia and Luca Verzichelli, published on April 15, 2011.

This short note replicates, in terms of structure and content, the article by Sani and Legnante appeared ten years ago on the Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica. Our aim is that of comparing the findings from their analysis concerning the articles published in the first thirty years of the journal with a similar analysis focused on the last decade, in order to provide answers to a number of questions: is the main Italian PS journal covering a stable set of sub-fields in the discipline? […]

The places of Political Science in Italy: The University of Catania
Italian Political Science, published on April 15, 2011.

We continue our journey across Italy to visit the places where political science is taught and there is also a research tradition. IPS will visit both large and small universities, places where political science has a long tradition and others where it was implanted more recently. The goal is to draw a map and also to assess what is the health state of the discipline in Italian universities. […]

Highlights on: Inter-disciplinary Political Studies (IdPS)
Stefano Braghiroli and Nelli Babayan, published on April 15, 2011.

We are glad to present a new academic publication, Interdisciplinary Political Studies (IdPS). The first Italian English-language graduate journal in political studies has been recently launched by the joint effort of the research communities of Siena and Trento. […]

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