Are you a UK political party member? Would you like to improve the internal democracy of your political party? Do you have any ideas to make your political party better? Are over 18 years old?

We are looking for participants in a scientific study based at the University of Sussex. The research aim is to understand the impact of the post-Brexit period on the life of your political party.

If you sign up, you will be contacted in the spring-summer of 2021 by a researcher from the University of Sussex to receive all the information necessary for participation in the project.

If you wish, we will provided,  free of charge all the analysis about your political party generated during the research and all scientific articles published on the subject.

Take part in this study and improve politics.

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The Italian style: Giuseppe Conte’s ‘half-populist’ leadership during Covid-19

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Italian PM Giuseppe Conte at the European Parliament. Credit: European Parliament (CC BY 2.0)

Article appeared in the EUROPP – European Politics and Policy – LSE Blog, June 8th, 2020

From the starting position of a political outsider, Italy’s PM Giuseppe Contehas carved a widely positive image for himself, gaining widespread popularity during the Covid-19 crisis. Marino De Luca argues that Conte’s savvy use of communication channels during a time of national emergency, combined with his personality, have helped him project an image of political competence, empathy, and reassurance. 

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Who and what is their people? How British political leaders appealed to the people during the 2019 elections

The 2019 UK election was touted by many as a contest between the parliament and the people. But who were ‘the people’ in question? The rise of populist politics in recent years across the world had bought ‘the’ people squarely into political discussion and as a resource to be called on by populist politicians. Looking at twitter in the context of the UK election we can see what was meant in this context.

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From Populism to the People

Fata Morgana Web, 10 February 2020


Populism (Pablo Compagnucci)

More than twenty years of ideas and reflections are enclosed in a dense and recent book: “Me, the people” by Nadia Urbinati which represents the most recent contribution on populism, a concept still too ambiguous and challenging to clearly determine. Populism flows, like a karst river, without a trace only to re-emerge in periods of substantial uncertainty, in traumatic moments and phases of crisis, in the forms that we know and with all of its disruptive force.

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Dal populismo al popolo

Articolo apparso nella rivista Fata Morgana Web 27.01.2020

The English version of the article will be available shortly


Populism (Pablo Compagnucci)

Più di venti anni di idee e riflessioni racchiuse in un libro denso ed attuale. “Io, il popolo” di Nadia Urbinati, nella sua versione italiana del gennaio 2020 – quella inglese pubblicata da Harvard University Press è dell’agosto 2019 – rappresenta il più recente contributo sul populismo, un concetto ancora troppo ambiguo e difficile da determinare. Come un fiume carsico, il populismo scorre sotto traccia per riemergere in periodi di forti incertezze, momenti traumatici e fasi di crisi, nelle forme che conosciamo e con tutta la sua forza dirompente.

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Call for Papers deadline approaching

The Call for Papers Document can be found here.


International Conference
Selecting the political elites. Causes, challenges and consequences
University of Cagliari, 28-29 November, 2019

Deadline: 15 October 2019

The Call for Papers Document can be found here.


PSA Annual Conference 2020
Edinburgh International Convention Centre, 6-8 April 2020
Deadline: 13 October 2019

The Call for Papers Document can be found here

The European elections and the Italian’s electoral earthquakes

Article from SEI Reports on the European Parliament Elections 2019:

In the early 1990s, Italian democracy underwent a series of important changes in terms of its political system and party system. A number of scandals caused by corruption, as well as judicial investigations, contributed to the decline of the major political parties and to the de-legitimisation of party leaders.

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Populism is currently at its highest ever level in Europe. The big questions now are how and why as there is no one factor to which the spread of populism can be attributed. The EU-funded POSTBREXIT project aims to understand the adaptation of populism in the European context and determine how to counter it. To do this, a pilot study will be conducted in the United Kingdom. Researchers will investigate the phenomenon of populism after the Brexit referendum and analyse how the journalists and politicians addressed these issues. The findings of the UK case study may be expanded into cross-country research. Results will also be used in the analysis of the European Parliament election results. Populism is currently at its highest ever level in Europe.