Generally speaking, my research interests revolve around European integration as a process of state transformation. Within this broad subject, in recent years I have been looking at a number of partly overlapping topics, primarily: 1) the territorial dimension of cohesion policy (and, more generally, the EU's attempt to carve a role for itself in the management of space); 2) the political dynamics and institutional consequences of the euro crisis, particularly with respect to the European Central Bank; 3) the nature of technocracy and its relationships with politics; 4) differentiated integration within the European Union. Additionally, I am interested in EU-US comparisons, both as a tool for my own research and as a subject of methodological inquiry. Finally, I try to keep an (admittedly detached) eye on developments in International Relations, a field on which I have done research in the past.
- (With L. Vai and N. Pirozzi) (eds.) Governing Europe: How to make the EU more efficient and democratic (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2017) (Publisher's page).
- (With S. Tarlea) "The power of expertise: Gauging technocracy in EMU reform negotiations" Journal of European Public Policy (2020). doi:10.1080/13501763.2020.1815824 (Full text)
- "The politicisation of the European Central Bank: What is it, and how to study it?" Journal of Common Market Studies 58, 3 (2020): 501-13. (Full text)
- (With S. Couperus) "Right wing populism's (ab)use of the past in Italy and the Netherlands" Debats 4 (2019): 105-18. (Full text).
- (With P. Pansardi) "The charismatic leadership of the ECB presidency: A language-based analysis" European Journal of Political Research 58, 1 (2019): 96-116. (Full text)
- "Clarifying multi-level governance", European Journal of Political Research 56, 2 (2017): 234-50. (Full text)
- "Europeanization in time: Assessing the legacy of URBAN in a mid-size Italian city", European Planning Studies 24, 1 (2016): 96-115. (Full text)
- "Coming full circle: The Euro-crisis, integration theory and the future of the EU". The International Spectator 50, 2 (2015): 125-40. (Full text)
- "The microfoundations of policy inertia: A city-level analysis of the CDBG”. State and Local Government Review 47, 1 (2015): 6-14. (Full text and supplementary table)
- "The limits of normalization: Taking stock of the EU-US comparative literature". Journal of Common Market Studies 52, 6 (2014): 1342-57. (Full text and dataset)
- “Federalism, the state and the city: Explaining ‘city welfare’ in the United States and the European Union”. Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 43, 4 (2013): 648-75. (Full text)
- “La decostruzione di un conflitto: idee, percezioni e la fine della guerra fredda”. Quaderni di Scienza Politica, 17, 3 (2010): 555-74. (Full text)
- "Cristianesimo e politica internazionale nel pensiero di Reinhold Niebuhr e Herbert Butterfield”. Teoria Politica 21, 3 (2005): 115-27. (Full text)
- “La NATO e l'egemonia americana dopo la guerra fredda”. Teoria Politica 20, 1 (2004): 109-32. (Full text)
- “La contrattazione tra alleati nella prospettiva neorealista: il caso degli Euromissili”. Quaderni di Scienza Politica 9, 3 (2002): 503-54. (Full text)
Chapters in edited volumes
- “Technocracy and Depoliticization.” In E. Bertsou and D. Caramani (eds.), The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy. Abingdon: Routledge, 2020 (Full text).
- “Subsidiarity and the European Crisis: A critical Analysis” (in Italian), in D. Ciaffi and F.M. Giordano (eds.), Storia, percorsi e politiche della sussidiarietà: le nuove prospettive in Italia e in Europa. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2020, 243-54 (Full text)
- (With L. Vai) "What government for the European Union? Five themes for reflection and action" in L. Vai, P.D. Tortola and N. Pirozzi (eds.), Governing Europe: How to make the EU more efficient and democratic. Brussels: Peter Lang, 2017, 17-31 (Full text).
- (With N. Pirozzi) "Negotiating the European Union's dilemmas: Proposals on governing Europe" in L. Vai, P.D. Tortola and N. Pirozzi (eds.), Governing Europe: How to make the EU more efficient and democratic. Brussels: Peter Lang, 2017, 225-43 (Full text).
- "La crisi e il futuro dell'Europa: una prospettiva teorica" in M. Belluati and P. Caraffini (a cura di), L'Unione europea tra istituzioni e opinione pubblica. Roma: Carocci, 2015, 111-22 (Full text).
Editor reviewed articles and grey literature
- (With M. Ferrera and M. Matsaganis) "Globalisation, economic inequality and political instability: What future for Europe's welfare?", Vision Europe Summit working paper, November 2017 (Full text).
- (With M. Ferrera and M. Matsaganis) "Tackling the adverse effects of globalisation and integration: Ideas on a European Social Union", Carlo Alberto Notebooks 506/2017 (Full text).
- "Europa differenziata: istruzioni per l'uso", Italianieuropei, 3 (2017): 68-75 (Full text)
- (With N. Pirozzi and L. Vai) "Differentiated integration: A way forward for Europe", IAI working paper, March 2017 (Full text).
- (With N. Pirozzi) "Negotiating the European Union's dilemmas: Proposals on governing Europe", CSF-IAI working paper, September 2016 (Full text).
- (With L. Vai) "What government for the European Union? Five themes for reflection and action", CSF-IAI working paper, September 2015 (Full text).
- "Integration theory and the future of the European Union", CSF Research Paper, July 2014 (Full text).
- "Urban regeneration in the EU: A comparative perspective". Perspectives on Europe, 44, 1 (2014): 85-88 (Full text).
- "Why a partisan Commission president could be good for the EU: A response to Grabbe and Lehne", CSF Policy Paper no. 2, December 2013 (Full text).
- “N=2: The comparative study of the EU and the US as a research programme”, Carlo Alberto Notebooks 290/2012 (Full text).
- (With A. Locatelli) “Taking Waltz beyond Waltz: Socialization as an intervening variable in structural realism”, 2009 (Full text).
Work in progress
- Populism and (ab)uses of the past
- Technocracy and depoliticization
- Subsidiarity and the euro crisis
- Transnational municipal networks in differentiated integration.
- The politicization of central banks: the ECB and Fed compared.
- G.T. Kurian et al. (eds.) The encyclopedia of political science (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2010). Entries: Constructivism; Correlation; First-Past-the-Post; Prisoner’s Dilemma; Process Tracing; Realism/Neorealism; Reinhold Niebuhr. (Full text).
- Earle, Job, Cahal Moran and Zach Ward-Perkins, The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2016) in Il Mulino, 01/09/2017. (Full text).
- Bickerton, Christopher J., Dermot Hodson and Uwe Puetter, The New Intergovernmentalism: States and Supranational Actors in the Post-Maastricht Era (Oxford: OUP, 2015) in EuVisions, 16/06/2016. (Full text)
- Gerhards, Jürgen and Holger Lengfeld, European Citizenship and Social Integration in the European Union (London: Routledge, 2015). In EuVisions, 11/12/2015. (Full text)
- Adamski, Janet, et al. (eds.), Old Europe, new security: Evolution for a complex world (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006). In Global Crime, 9, 3 (2008): 287-89. (Full text)
- David Ost, The defeat of solidarity: Anger and politics in postcommunist Europe (Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2005). In Teoria Politica, 23, 2 (2007).
- Catherine Fieschi, Fascism, populism and the French Fifth Republic: In the shadow of democracy (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2004). In Teoria Politica, 23, 2 (2007).
- “Reading suggestions: The twenty years’ crisis by Edward H. Carr”, Crossroads: The ASA Journal, 5, 1 (2005): 78-81. (Full text)
- “The two faces of international political economy”. Review of Robert Gilpin, Global political economy (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2001) and Jean-Marc F. Blanchard et al. (eds), Power and the purse: Economic statecraft, interdependence, and national security (London: Cass, 2000). In Teoria Politica 19, 2-3, (2003): 404-09.
Photograph: © 2013 Piero Tortola