The characteristics  and transformations of modern and contemporary political systems, and of the Italian system more in particular, are analysed from several thematic perspectives: the legacy of 20th-century ideologies; nations and nationalisms; the role of intellectuals and the theme of memory; the Fascist political system and the transition to the republican era; the perception of  Italian political history in other national contexts; the history of the Italian Left and the role of the Catholic Church; contemporary European political parties and social movements and populism; the role of cultural institutions as ways of  selecting politicians since the Modern Age; political communication and its relationship with the public sphere; within the latter area, a first focus is on the mass media and the global agenda, with reference to the role of traditional and new media during electoral campaigns, and the dynamics concerning the development of the global agenda; a second focus is on the forms and modes in which political leaders communicate, and their effects on the quality of political debate.

Scientific domains (SSD)
M-STO/02; M-STO/04; SPS/02; SPS/04; SPS/06; SPS/08; SPS/11
ERC Sectors
SH2; SH3_12; SH6