Political Science and Sociology

Political Science and Sociology

Academic Year 2016-2017

The PhD course in Political Science and Sociology of the Scuola Normale Superiore builds upon a methodologically pluralist approach and a multidisciplinary nature, combining structured teaching with close supervision activities by a dedicated faculty. The duration of the programme and its grants is four years. The PhD program is offered by a consortium of SNS and the University of Bologna.

The main research areas which have been singled out are organized around the following topics.

Democracy and social movements. In this area, sociological and political science competences converge around political sociology, which bridges the two disciplines through its main focus on the reciprocal influence of political and social transformations. Social movements, civil society, participative democracy, political violence, new media and conflicts are the main concepts addressed in the teaching and research activities. In the best European tradition, the methodological approach will be sensitive to the historical, institutional and cultural specificities, but also oriented to the development of theory.

Comparative/global public policy and international governance. This area addresses, in an innovative way, themes such as the comparative analysis of public policies; the global dimension of public policies; the multilevel governance of public policies, that is the structural and processual characteristics that influence how public policies are decided and implemented in multilevel institutional processes (from the sub-national to the national, and from the supra-national to the international ones, with due attention devoted to the European Union); the structure of regimes and dynamics of international politics (not only foreign policy and defence, but also migration, social, public health, educational, energy and economic development policies).

Comparative politics and society. This area is oriented towards the comparative analysis of a set of major politico-institutional processes, focusing on the interactions between political parties, interest groups, civil society and public opinion. Classical comparative analysis, based on cross-national comparison, is backed up by the study of processes which are territorially multilevel, such as Europeanization and globalization, in the political ‒ but also economic, social, and cultural ‒ spheres.

TEACHING ACTIVITY

The Program consists of lectures and seminars.

In consultation with their course coordinator, each year students will present a study plan to the Faculty Board where they specify what research and training they plan to do in the coming academic year. In their four years at the School, the students will attend and pass the examinations of at least 6 annual courses (whereof 5 are compulsory).

At the end of the first year and in agreement with the PhD Board, the students will propose the name of the supervisor of their thesis and its topic for approval by the Faculty Board.

During the four years of the course, the students are expected to participate in seminars offered by the School and to take part in research internships in institutions both in and outside Italy.

At the end of each academic year, with the exception of the final year, the students will then be interviewed on the studies and research they have carried out during the year in front of a committee appointed by the Faculty Board and including teachers of their course. Successfully passing this interview means that the students can keep their post and fellowship, and thus be admitted to the following year.

At the interview, the students will present a report on their scholarly activity, their research and its results, any seminars, congresses, or other scientific activities they have participated in, and any publications they have produced. For admission into the final year, this report will include a section relating to the progress made in their research project.

PHD CANDIDATES

ALSAHI, Huda

huda.alsahi@sns.it

XXX ciclo, 1° anno, Scienza politica e sociologia

Research project – The Appropriateness of Cyberfeminism in the Gulf Arab States Is It Enough To Push For Socio-Cultural Change? ‘An examination of the discourse and digital practices of Khaleeji women on Twitter To Tweet …or to retreat: That is the question’

ANA, Alexandra

alexandra.ana@sns.it

XXX ciclo, 1° anno, Scienza politica e sociologia

Research project – Beyond NGOization: street feminism and social movement collective identity in Central and Eastern Europe

BALDARO, Edoardo

edoardo.baldaro@sns.it

XXVIII ciclo, 3° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – La creazione di un’area di crisi? Combattere l’instabilità in Africa Occidentale: un confronto tra le politiche di sicurezza e sviluppo degli Stati Uniti e della Francia nel Sahel francofono, dalla fine della Guerra Fredda allo scoppio della guerra in Mali (2012-2013)

CACIAGLI, Carlotta

carlotta.caciagli@sns.it

XXIX ciclo, 2° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – “Performing the right to the city through the ‘free spaces’. Practices of resistance in urban social movements”

CARLOTTI, Benedetta

benedetta.carlotti@sns.it

XXX ciclo, 1° anno, Scienza politica e sociologia

Research project – The rise of new anti-European parties in West-European countries. A study of the possible social, political and structural causes

COLLINI, Mattia

mattia.collini@sns.it

XXIX ciclo, 2° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – What is left of the left in Central and Eastern Europe? Evidences of success, survival and crisis

D’AMATO, Silvia

silvia.damato@sns.it

XXIX ciclo, 2° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – National Security and Transnational Islamist Terrorism: Understanding European Security Responses

DRISSI, Mounia

mounia.drissi@sns.it XXX ciclo, 1° anno, Scienza politica e sociologia

Research project – Redistributive policies in Higher Education

GIULIANI, Giovanni Amerigo

giovanniamerigo.giuliani@sns.it

XXIX ciclo, 2° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – Welfare State Issues and Political Parties in Western Europe: New Dynamics in Party System?

KURTI, Orsiola

orsiola.kurti@sns.it

XXX ciclo, 1° anno, Scienza politica e sociologia

Research project – Size and Local Democracy: Albania and Macedonia in a Comparative Perspective

MAIOCCHI, Federico

federico.maiocchi@sns.it

XXVIII ciclo, 3° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – Ideologia e processi di decision making; il caso dell’occupazione militare statunitense in Iraq 2003

MALAMIDIS, Theocharis

theocharis.malamidis@sns.it

XXX ciclo, 1° anno, Scienza politica e sociologia

Research project – The transformation of Social Movements in times of crisis: the case of Greece

MARINO, Bruno

bruno.marino@sns.it

XXX ciclo, 1° anno, Scienza politica e sociologia

Research project –Why do parties open their leader selection rules? Evidence from Western Europe, 1960-2015

MARTOCCHIA DIODATI, Nicola

nicola.martocchiadiodati@sns.it

XXX ciclo, 1° anno, Scienza politica e sociologia

Research project – A Model of Leaders Competition. How do policy and non-policy factors matter in electoral campaign

MIKHELIDZE, Nona

nona.mikhelidze@sns.it

XXVIII ciclo, 3° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – Eurasianism in Russian Foreign Policy

PERDISCI, Sebastian

sebastian.perdisci@sns.it

XXIX ciclo, 2° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – What After the Eurozone Crisis? A Comparison of Austerity Policies in Italy and Spain

PERGOLA, Michele

michele.pergola@sns.it

XXVIII ciclo, 3° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – La ricostruzione dei sistemi fiscali nei Balcani Occidentali, tra transizione politica e intervento esterno

ROCCHI, Sara

sara.rocchi@sns.it

XXVIII ciclo, 3° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – Politica monetaria, banche centrali e governatori. I casi della Federal Reserve e della Banca Centrale Europea

SIGILLO’, Ester

ester.sigillo@sns.it

XXIX ciclo, 2° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – Funding civil society in transition. External influence of Western and Arab donors in Tunisia

STEFANOVSKI, Ivan

ivan.stefanovski@sns.it

XXX ciclo, 1° anno, Scienza politica e sociologia

Research project – Social Movements in Southeast Europe and Turkey from the beginning of the 21st Century: Creating the Path towards Institutional Changes?

STEINHILPER, Elias

elias.steinhilper@sns.it

XXX ciclo, 1° anno, Scienza politica e sociologia

Research project – Transnational social spaces of contention around refugee rights in Europe

TERLIZZI, Andrea

andrea.terlizzi@sns.it

XXIX ciclo, 2° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – Dynamics and Varieties of Health System Decentralization in European National Health Services: Italy, Spain and denmark in Comparative perspective

URSO, Ornella

ornella.urso@sns.it

XXVIII ciclo, 3° anno, Scienza della politica

Research project – The Politicization of the Immigration Issue in Italy and SpainThe Politicization of the Immigration Issue in Italy and Spain

Available scholarships for the autumn session: 5

Coordinator: Giliberto Capano

Ph.D. Board:

Manuela Caiani, SNS
Giliberto Capano, SNS
Donatella Della Porta, SNS
Stefano Marmi, SNS
Lorenzo Mosca, SNS
Manuela Moschella, SNS
Ilaria Pavan, SNS
Laszlo Bruszt, European University Institute, Firenze
Mauro Calise, Università di Napoli Federico II
Klaus Eder, Humboldt Universitaet Berlin
Giancarlo Gasperoni, Università di Bologna
Paolo Roberto Graziano, Università di Padova
Piero Ignazi, Università di Bologna
David Natali, Università di Bologna
Filippo Tronconi, Università di Bologna
Claudius Wagemann, Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt am Main

This PhD programme is entirely taught in English.

The activities will be held at the seat of Florence:

Scuola Normale Superiore
Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza degli Strozzi
50123 Firenze