Volume 9, Issue 2, December 2014



The International Visibility of Italian Political Scientists
By Stefania Panebianco and Francesco Zucchini, IPS Co-Editors

The current reform process of the Italian university system implicitly or explicitly assumes internationalization as one of the main assets conducing to an improvement of education and research quality. It has become one of the canons of innovative and efficient universities, and a relevant criterion according to which funds are distributed. The Italian Political Science community is deeply committed in the internationalization process; this includes, of course, teaching in English, double degrees, internationally funded research, and publications in English (on the internationalization of teaching and research see IPS, vol. 8, issue n. 2, 2013). But internationalization goes beyond this, and Italian Political Scientists have a long tradition of international visibility. This IPS issue focuses on the roles plaid by our colleagues to serve the international Political Science community. Not necessarily, this visibility is reflected domestically in the Italian academia.

By chairing International Associations (Luciano Bardi and Leonardo Morlino acted respectively as ECPR and IPSA chairmen), acting as member of the IPSA Executive Committee (Carlo Guarnieri), editing the IPSA Portal (Mauro Calise) or being the co-convenor of an ECPR Standing Group (Francesca Longo), Italian political scientists are contributing to the advancement of Political Science. Co-directing International Journals the international visibility of the Italian community is also strengthened; irrespectively of gender and generation gaps, Anna Bosco, Maurizio Carbone, Donatella Della Porta and Giampiero Giacomello contribute to the success of – respectively – South European Society and Politics, Contemporary Italian Politics, European Political Science Review and Defense Studies. Some Italian scholars made a life-choice: to settle in the UK and start an academic career abroad (Lucia Quaglia and Claudio Radaelli). Italian Political Scientists also publish regularly in international journals (see data illustrated by Luca Verzichelli); this is a consolidating trend, for the younger generations in particular. However, Italian journals are less attractive for foreign scholars who only occasionally adhere to Italian publication projects (see Francesco Zucchini’s contribution).

Visibility via International Associations
Section coordinated by Stefania Panebianco

IPS interviews Luciano Bardi, former ECPR Chairman, and Leonardo Morlino, former IPSA Chairman
Italian Political Science
Luciano, IPS interviewed you in November 2009 (IPS vol. 3) at the beginning of your mandate as Chairman of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR). Leonardo, IPS interviewed you in April 2010 (IPS vol. 4) at the beginning of your mandate as Chairman of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). […]

IPS interviews Carlo Guarnieri, IPSA
Italian Political Science
Italian Political Science interviews Carlo Guarnieri, Executive Committee Officer of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). […]

Would you like to belong to a Standing Group? Why or why not?
Francesca Longo (University of Catania)
Since 2001, I have been wondering about the benefits of engaging in a Standing Group (SG). My experience of acting as the convenor of the SISP Standing Group on the European Union (SGUE) and co-convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Organized Crime (SGOC) has offered me a privileged perspective to understand the role of SGs as actors of the academic environment, and evaluate their performance in Italy and at the European level. […]

The Academic Revolution in the Cyberspace: the IPSA Portal goes MOOCs
Mauro Calise (Editor, IPSA Portal, and University of Naples), Rosanna De Rosa (University of Naples), and Fortunato Musella (University of Naples)
After Plato, transmission of know-how in the higher learning environment has been made through a mix of two media: written material and instructions for its use, which in academic parlance has been commonly understood as teaching. In the cyberspace, both media have undergone a major transformation. The first one has concerned the learning and research material at large, with books, journals, data banks and all sorts of archives turned into electronic sources. The second has taken more time to develop, yet it is hitting the university world with the force and speed of a disruptive revolution. Over the last three years, MOOCs, an acronym which stands for Massive Open Online Courses, have enrolled more than 50 million students to open access courses offered by a growing number of high ranking universities worldwide. Stirring a spirited debate about the consequences for the transformation, if not survival, of the university system. […]

Co-Directing International Journals
Section coordinated by Nicolò Conti

Donatella Della Porta: European Political Science Review
Italian Political Science
Italian Political Science interviews Donatella Della Porta, former Co-Editor of the European Political Science Review. […]

Anna Bosco: South European Society and Politics
Italian Political Science
Italian Political Science interviews Anna Bosco, Co-Editor of South European Society and Politics. […]

Maurizio Carbone: Contemporary Italian Politics
Italian Political Science
Italian Political Science interviews Maurizio Carbone, Co-Editor of Contemporary Italian Politics. […]

Giampiero Giacomello: Defence Studies
Italian Political Science
Italian Political Science interviews Giampiero Giacomello, Co-Editor of Defence Studies. […]

The Academic Career of Italian Scholars Abroad: a few Personal Experiences from the UK
Section coordinated by Manuela Moschella

The academic career of an Italian scholar affiliated in the UK: the experience of Claudio Maria Radaelli
Claudio M. Radaelli (Exeter University)
Manuela Moschella kindly asked me to reflect on my experience and compare Italy and the UK. I must confess I know next to nothing about academic careers in Italy. The fact is that when I finished my five-year degree in economics and social sciences at Bocconi University, I was told it was foolish to try to become a political scientist because there were no openings in Italy. A mentor said, jokingly: “Until one of us dies there won’t be any position in political science, and, at least for the time being, we have no intention of passing away”. […]

The academic career of an Italian scholar affiliated in the UK: the experience of Lucia Quaglia
Lucia Quaglia (University of York)
I was awarded a first class (110/110 cum laude) degree in Political Science by the University of Padua in 1997. During my undergraduate studies I was lucky enough to spend one year as an Erasmus student at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom (UK). It was a thrilling experience that very much broadened my academic horizons and, not less importantly, it improved my then rather weak English. The countryside in Yorkshire is beautiful (it is sometimes likened to the Tuscany of Northern England) and I fondly remember my cream teas and scones at the end of (generally rather wet) hiking trips in the birthplace of the Bröntes’ sisters. […]

Italian scholars publishing in international journals and foreigners publishing in Italian journals: current new trends

Signs of Competitiveness? The presence of Italian research in international political science journals
Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena)
A weak international impact has been often indicated as one of the deficiencies in the process of institutionalization of Italian political science. Indeed, a sort of inconsistency has emerged between the unquestionable growth of political science in Italy, grounded by the pioneering work of Giovanni Sartori since the late fifties, and the slow international penetration of the research produced by the Italian community, particularly in terms of research outcomes published by top level international journals. […]

Foreign Authors in Italian Journals. Few and Expected Guests
Francesco Zucchini (University of Milan)
The ability of Italian researchers in Political Science to publish in international journals (and therefore, to participate in the international scientific debate) is an important sign of internationalization of the discipline. However, it is not the only one. It is also interesting to investigate how the main Italian journals in Political science are open toward (and attractive for) the contributions of foreign scholars. We, therefore, conducted a little research on the articles published by the main Italian journals in Political Science in recent decades. […]

Book Reviews Coordinated by Stefania Panebianco

Michela Ceccorulli, Cooperation on European defence procurement
Reviewed by Andrea Locatelli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan)

Carlos Closa, The Politics of Ratification of the EU Treaties
Reviewed by Sergio Fabbrini (LUISS Guido Carli, Rome)

Donatella Della Porta and Alice Mattoni (eds.), Spreading Protest
Reviewed by Iole Fontana (IMT, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca)

Roberto Di Quirico, La democratizzazione tradita
Reviewed by Davide Grassi (University of Turin)

Simone Dossi, Rotte Cinesi
Reviewed by Axel Berkofsky (Università degli Studi di Pavia and Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI), Milan)

Daniela Irrera, NGOs, Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution
Reviewed by Fabrizio Coticchia (European University Institute, Florence)

Guido Lenzi, Internazionalismo Liberale
Reviewed by Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré (LUISS Guido Carli, Rome)

Giovanni Moro, Cittadinanza attiva e qualità della democrazia
Reviewed by Gianni Piazza (University of Catania)

Francesco Zucchini, La repubblica dei veti
Reviewed by Emiliano Grossman (Sciences Po, Paris)


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