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Daniele Caramani appointed as Ernst B. Haas Chair in European Governance and Politics

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Daniele Caramani has been appointed as Ernst B. Haas Chair in European Governance and Politics at the Robert Schuman Centre as of 1 September 2020 - a position offered at the European University Institute for the first time. He will lead the European Governance and Politics Programme (EGPP) while being on special leave from the University of Zurich.

In this position Caramani will explore the broad cleavages in European politics, both between and within countries and analyse European politics from the perspective of territorial tensions that undermine supra-national integration, as well as transnational divisions such as class inequality and left−right differences. In his research Professor Caramani will examine European governance from the perspective of challenges to representative democracy raised by the technocratic nature of decision making in Europe and the populist reaction to it. Current challenges, from Brexit and instances of differential integration to debt mutualisation and immigration policy are framed between technocratic solutions, populist protest and the politics of reconciling different interests (between countries and groups).

The Chair will combine theory building and empirical analysis. The EGPP hosts projects, publishes databases and reports, and relies on a large international network. The new chair holder will consolidate and further develop ties with other programmes at the Robert Schuman Centre.

Daniele Caramani obtained his PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute (EUI) in 1997 after graduating from the University of Geneva. At the EUI he has also been Vincent Wright Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre from 2000 and 2002 and a visiting professor in 2012. Since 2014 he is a professor at the University of Zurich. He has previously held positions at Geneva, Mannheim (MZES), Birmingham and St. Gallen. He has also been a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, the Stein Rokkan Centre in Bergen and the Australian National University.

He is the author of books includingThe Europeanization of Politics (Cambridge University Press 2015) andThe Nationalization of Politics (Cambridge University Press 2004) for which he has been awarded UNESCO's ‘Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences’. He has authored Introduction to the Comparative Method with Boolean Algebra (Sage, ‘Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences’ 2009) and edits the textbook Comparative Politics (Oxford University Press 2020, fifth edition). Among various edited books, a new volume on The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy (Rouledge 2020) has recently been published. Daniele Caramani is also Co-director of the Constituency-Level Elections Archive, which has received the APSA ‘Dataset Award’.


More information on Daniele Caramani’s personal profile page at the University of Zurich.

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