Volume 8, Issue 2, November 2013


The Internazionalization of the Italian Political Science community

The address of the new SISP president: a new élan for Italian Political Science
Pietro Grilli di Cortona (Roma Tre University, Rome)

Dear Colleagues, in my new role as President of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP), I am very happy to have the opportunity to express my best wishes towards all those doing research and teaching Political Science in Italian universities. I am grateful to IPS for giving me this opportunity. […]

Welcome to Amie Kreppel and Fabio Franchino, the new editors of the Italian Political Science Review
Nicolò Conti (Unitelma La Sapienza, Rome)

Starting on 2014, Amie Kreppel and Fabio Franchino will be general editors of the Italian Political Science Review. We interviewed them on the subject of academic internationalization. […]

Teaching innovation at Master level: the ReSHAPE programme on security and emergency policies at the University of Catania
Fulvio Attinà (University of Catania)

Innovation can play a role in improving Political Science opportunities to meet the challenge of the uninterrupted movement the Italian universities and European higher education space are going through. Generally speaking, innovation is making changes to something established by introducing something new. In the university, it is the process of radically or incrementally changing products like education, processes like learning, and services like teaching. […]

Winning in Europe: The REScEU project
Francesco Zucchini (University of Milan)

Francesco Zucchini interviews Maurizio Ferrera, Professor of Comparative Welfare State at the University of Milan and an ERC Advanced grant-holder. […]

T.wai research on emerging patterns of insecurity
Stefano Ruzza (Torino World Affairs Institute – T.wai, Turin)

T.wai is an independent, non-profit institute founded in 2009 by a group of International Relations scholars based in Turin, through a grant provided by Compagnia di San Paolo. Originally conceived as a spin-off and an enlargement of the activity previously conducted in the frame of «Laboratorio di Politica Globale» (LPG) of the Centro Einaudi (CE), it is dedicated to rigorous academic and policy-oriented research in the fields of international relations, area and security studies. […]

The teaching of EU and International Politics in Italy and abroad: a personal experience
Simona Piattoni (University of Trento)

Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to get to know four university systems – those of the US, Norway, Austria and Italy – from direct experience either as a student or as a lecturer (or both). Unfortunately, at various stages of my career, I was interested in slightly different sub-disciplines of political science, so my impressions are more spotty than what would be ideal in order to draw a systematic comparison between these systems. So, please, take the following as anecdotal evidence at best. […]

Learning in English: Italian (and German) Educational supply in Political Science
Francesco Zucchini (University of Milan)

After the Bologna and Lisbon Processes, the internationalization of higher education has become a sort of refrain in the rhetoric that accompanies the continuous reforms of the sector in Italy. Indeed, true internationalization implies several features that make a higher education system effective and attractive. Internationalizing a domestic education system means primarily to make domestic graduates ready to compete not only in the domestic, but also in the European and international job and research market and, at the same time, to make the domestic university system able to attract (for the same reasons) the best foreign students. […]

Evaluating the evaluators. A comment on the final report of the Group of evaluators of the area 14 – Political and Social Sciences (Call VQR 2004-2010)
Liborio Mattina (University of Trieste)

An article by Monteleone, Panebianco and Zucchini appeared in May 2013 of Italian Political Science (IPS) entitled «Evaluating the Evaluation. The Pros and Cons of ‘VQR’ in Social and Political Research». The article exposes some general reflections about the benefits and limitations of peer review, indices of impact and bibliometric classifications. The article does not examine, however, the evaluation work carried out by the political and social scientists who, in representation of “area” 14, participated as experts in the Groups of expert evaluators (Gev) constituted by Anvur (The National Agency for evaluation of University and Research). Gevs, as is known, were established to examine the thousands of works delivered by the scientific communities of the Italian university, in accordance with the provisions of the Call VQR 2004-2010. But at the time of the publication of Monteleone and associates’ article the Gev final evaluations were not yet available. […]

Book Reviews Coordinated by Stefania Panebianco

Francesca Gelli, La città nella scienza politica americana
Reviewed by Maria Tullia Galanti (University of Florence)

Stefania Panebianco and Rosa Rossi (eds.), Winds of Democratic Change in the Mediterranean? Processes, Actors and Possible Outcomes
Reviewed by Elena Baracani (University of Bologna)

Arolda Elbasani, European Integration and Transformation in the Western Balkans. Europeanization or Business as Usual?
Reviewed by Cristina Dallara (CNR-IRSIG)

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