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C.V. - Alessandro Pellegata, Ph.D.

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December 2014
Alessandro Pellegata
Università degli Studi di Milano - Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e Politiche
Via Conservatorio 7
20122 – Milano (Italy)
Tel. Office: +39 02 503 21221
Fax Office: +39 02 503 21240
Email: [email protected]
Personal homepage: http://alessandropellegata.weebly.com
Personal Information
Place and date of birth: Magenta (MI), 17 November 1981
Nationality: Italian
Present Appointment
2011 – present
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan
(Italy).
Education
2010
Ph.D. in Political Studies at the Graduate School in Social Economic and Political
Sciences, University of Milan (Italy). Dissertation title: Government Alternation and its
Implications on Democratic Performance. Supervisor: prof. Francesco Zucchini.
2008 (Aug-Dec)
Visiting Student at the Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, MI.
2008 (Jul)
16th Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies, University of Oslo,
Norway (course attended: Research Design).
2007 (Jul-Aug)
40th Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection, University of
Essex, Colchester, UK (courses attended: Mathematics for Social Sciences; Theory of
Regression; Analysis of time series data: non-stationarity, volatility, VARs and
cointegration).
2005
Master Degree in Political Science, University of Milan (Italy).
Research Experience
2010 – present
Member of the research project “The economic, social and political consequences of
democratic reforms. A quantitative and qualitative comparative analysis.” Co-financed
by the European Research Council (Grant agreement no. 262873, “Ideas”, European
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Commission 7th Framework Program, Principal Investigator: prof. Giovanni Carbone).
2011 – 2013
Member of the research unit of the University of Milan in the project “Institutional
agenda setting: Actors, time, information.” co-financed by the Italian Ministry for
Research and Higher Education (PRIN 2009, Protocol 2009TPW4NL_002, Principal
Investigator: prof. Marco Giuliani).
2011 (Feb-Apr)
Research assistant in the project “Gli effetti della democratizzazione sul social welfare:
un'analisi comparata delle nuove democrazie” co-financed by the Italian Ministry for
Research and Higher Education (PRIN 2008, Protocol 2008WPTS99_001, Principal
Investigator: prof. Giovanni Carbone). Main tasks: data gathering and elaboration of
social welfare indicators in African, Asian and Latin American countries.
2010 (Sep-Dec)
Research assistant in the project “Agenda control and veto powers in the Italian
legislative process.” co-financed by the Italian Ministry for Research and Higher
Education (PRIN 2007, Protocol 2007SCRWT4_001, Principal Investigator: prof. Marco
Giuliani).
Main tasks: data gathering and maintenance of the database on the Italian legislative
process (1987-2008).
2008 – 2009
Member of the research unit of the University of Milan in the project “Agenda control
and veto powers in the Italian legislative process.” co-financed by the Italian Ministry
for Research and Higher Education (PRIN 2007, Protocol 2007SCRWT4_001, Principal
Investigator: prof. Marco Giuliani).
Teaching Experience
Courses
2009 – present
Teaching assistant for undergraduate course “Politics, Institutions and Development”
(university of Milan).
2012 – 2013
Teaching assistant for undergraduate course “Geopolitics” (university of Milan).
2011 – 2012
Teaching assistant for undergraduate course “Political Science” (university of Milan).
Orientation
2012
Volpe Alessandro. “Italian Law-Making Archive (ILMA). Un Portale per l’Analisi di Dati
sul Sistema Legislativo Italiano”. Master Degree in Computer Science, University of
Milan.
Research Grants and Awards
2011
Winner of the “Carlo Maria Santoro” Prize for the best paper presented by a young
scholar at the XXIV Annual Conference of the “Società Italiana di Scienza Politica”
(SISP), IUAV University, Venice (Italy), 16-18 September 2010. Title of the paper:
“Throw the Rascals Out”: Gli Effetti dell’Alternanza di Governo sul Controllo della
Corruzione Politica.
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2011
Post-doctoral Fellowship (two plus two years) co-financed by University of Milan,
Regione Lombardia and European Social Fund to conduct the research project entitled
“Government Alternation: Distinctive Element of Representative Democracies and
Factor of their Performance” at the Department of Social and Political Sciences under
the supervision of professor Marco Giuliani.
2011
Nominated by the Graduate School in Social, Economic and Political Sciences Steering
Committee to participate at the selection for the ECPR Jean Blondel Prize for the best
PhD dissertation in Political Science.
2008
Scholarship financed by Cariplo Foundation and conferred by the University of Milan
for a research period spent at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (AugustDecember 2008).
2006
Three-years scholarship financed by the Italian Minister of Higher Education to attend
the PhD program in Political Studies at the Graduate School in Social, Economic and
Political Sciences of the University of Milan.
2006
Scholarship conferred by the University of Milan for the formation of young promising
scholars at the Department of Social and Political Sciences under the supervision of
professor Marco Giuliani.
Research Interests
Comparative institutional analysis; electoral competition; political performance and democratic quality;
democracy and democratization; political corruption; legislative studies; quantitative methods in political
research.
Publications
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
2015
(with Marco Mesiti and Paolo Perlasca) “Making the Analysis of the Italian Legislative
System Easy: The ILMA Web Portal”, forthcoming in Journal of Information Technology
and Politics.
2015
“Assessing the Complex Relationship between Government Alternation and Ideological
Congruence”, in International Political Science Review, first published online on July 3
2014, DOI: 10.1177/0192512114539435.
2014
(with Vincenzo Memoli) “Corruption and EU Institutions: The Italians’ Opinion”, in
Perspective on European Politics and Society 15, No. 2, pp. 165-182.
2013
“Constraining Political Corruption: An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Democracy”,
in Democratization 20, No. 7, 1195-1218.
2012
(with Enrico Borghetto, Luigi Curini, Marco Giuliani e Francesco Zucchini) “Italian LawMaking Archive (ILMA): A New Tool for the Analysis of the Italian Legislative Process”,
in Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica 42, No. 3, pp. 481-502.
2012
“L’alternanza dove non te l’Aspetti. L’Impatto dell’Alternanza di Governo sul Controllo
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della Corruzione Politica nelle Democrazie Consensuali” in Rivista Italiana di Scienza
Politica 42, No. 1, pp. 93-114.
Chapters in edited books
2011
“Cacciare i Mascalzoni: Alternanza Politica e Corruzione”, in Gianfranco Pasquino and
Marco Valbruzzi (Eds.). Il Potere dell’Alternanza. Teorie, Ipotesi e Ricerche sulle
Alternanze di Governo. Bologna: Bononia University Press , pp. 37-61.
Working papers and other publications
2014
“Challenges and Traps for Italy’s New Renzi Government”, Front Page, online section of
the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 1 April 2014.
Available from: http://journal.georgetown.edu/2014/04/01/challenges-and-traps-foritalys-new-renzi-government-by-alessandro-pellegata/
2009
“Democracy, Government Alternation and Political Corruption”, GSSEPS Working
Paper Series, 6/2009.
Available from: http://www.graduateschool.unimi.it/gsseps_workingpaperseries.html
Works Under Review and in Progress
(with Vincenzo Memoli) “Can corruption Erode Confidence in Political Institutions among European
Countries? Comparing the Effects of Different Measures of Perceived Corruption”. (Under review by an
international peer-reviewed journal)
(with Vincenzo Memoli) “Corruption and Satisfaction with Democracy: The Mediating Role of Electoral
Disproportionality and Personal Vote”. (Under review by an international peer-reviewed journal)
(with Giovanni Carbone) “Leadership Changes and Social Welfare in sub-Saharan Africa”. (Under review by
an international peer-reviewed journal)
(with Enrico Borghetto) “Exploring Bill Winnowing in the Italian Chamber of Deputies” (First draft)
(with Sergio Splendore) "Macro, Meso or Micro Level: What Matters the Most on Journalism’s
Transparency and Quality of the Press? A Comparative Analysis Across 14 Countries" (First draft)
Selected Conference Proceedings
2014
(with Giovanni Carbone) “Multiparty Elections, Leadership Turnovers and Social
Welfare in sub-Saharan Africa”, 4th Annual Conference of the European Political
Science Association (EPSA), Edinburgh (UK), 19-21 June 2014 and XXVIII Annual
Conference of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica, University of Perugia, Perugia
(Italy), 11-13 September 2014.
2013
(with Enrico Borghetto) “Exploring Bill Winnowing in the Italian Chamber of Deputies
(1996-2012), XXVII Annual Conference of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica,
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University of Florence, Florence (Italy), 12-14 September 2013.
2013
(with Vincenzo Memoli) “Electoral Systems, Corruption and Satisfaction with
Democracy”, XXVII Annual Conference of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica,
University of Florence, Florence (Italy), 12-14 September 2013 and 3rd General
Conference of the European Political Science Association, Barcelona (Spain), 20-22
June 2013.
2012
(with Vincenzo Memoli) “Can Corruption Erode Confidence in Political Institutions
Among European Countries? Comparing the Effects of Different Measures of Perceived
Corruption, XXII World Congress of the International Political Science Association ,
Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Spain), 8-12 July 2012.
2012
“Assessing the Degree of Political Responsiveness in Contemporary Democracies. The
Complex Relationship between Government Alternation and Ideological Congruence,
2nd General Conference of the European Political Science Association, Berlin
(Germany), 21-23 June 2012.
2011
“Government Alternation: A ‘New’ Explanatory Factor of the Quality of Democracies, I
IPSA-ECPR Joint Conference, University of Sao Paulo (Brasil), 16-19 February 2011.
2010
“Throw the Rascals Out: Gli Effetti dell’Alternanza di Governo sul Controllo della
Corruzione Politica, XXIV Annual Conference of “Società Italiana di Scienza Politica”
(SISP), IUAV University, Venice (Italy), 16-18 September 2010.
2010
“The Effects of Government Alternation on the Capacity of Political Systems to
Constrain Corruption, 3rd ECPR Graduate Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin
(Ireland), 30 August – 01 September 2010.
2009
“The Effects of Democracy on the Quality of Governance”. Evidence on the Capacity of
Political Systems to Constrain Corruption, XIII Annual Conference of “Società Italiana di
Scienza Politica” (SISP), LUISS University, Rome (Italy), 17-19 September 2009.
Invited talks and seminars
2014
“Consolidating Democratic Transitions. Problems of Organization and
Representation”, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), 14-15 July
2014.
2014
Permanent Seminar of Political Theory, Department of Political and Social Sciences,
University of Pavia (Italy), 8 April 2014.
2013
“How Do the Electoral Systems and the Party Systems Affect the Satisfaction with
Democracy?”, King’s College, London (UK), 1 February 2013.
Datasets
Co-manager of the Italian Law-Making Archive (ILMA) developed by the Centre for the Observation of
Legislatures (COoL). Available at www.socpol.unimi.it/ilma.
Government Alternation in contemporary democracies.
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(with Giovanni Carbone) Africa Leadership Change (ALC).
Personal Skills and Competences
Languages: ITALIAN (Native speaker); ENGLISH (Excellent); SPANISH (Elementary)
Statistical software: SPSS, STATA (advanced level); R (basic level);
Database management system: MySQL Workbench (basic level); PhpMyAdmin (basic level);
Affiliations
International Political Science Association (IPSA): 2012-present.
European Political Science Association (EPSA): 2012-present.
Italian Political Science Society (SISP): 2010-present.
European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR): 2006-present (institutional affiliation).
Professional Activity
Manuscript Referee:
Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica; Democratization.
Conference Panel Discussant or Chair:
“Democratization”, 4th Annual Conference European Political Science Association (EPSA), Edinburgh 2014.
Service Activity
University Service
2009 - 2011
Examiner for the admission of new students (TEC: Test delle conoscenze in ingresso) in
the undergraduate courses at the Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences of
the University of Milan.
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