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Dr Davide Vampa

Job: Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Project Management

School/department: Department of Politics & Public Policy

Address: HU 2.78

T: 0116 257 7561




Personal profile

Davide Vampa holds a PhD in Politics from the European University Institute. Before joining DMU he was Assistant Professor in Quantitative Research Methods at the University of Nottingham. His research interests focus on the link between multi-level party politics and public policy. In particular he is interested in the politics of welfare in decentralised systems. He has also worked on the transformation of local and regional representation in Western Europe. His research approach is intended to demonstrate that quantitative and qualitative methods, rather than being mutually exclusive, can be fruitfully combined to yield ‘a synergistic value’.

Publications and outputs 


2016. The Regional Politics of Welfare in Italy, Spain and Great Britain, Palgrave Macmillan Special Book Series on Comparative Territorial Politics.

Book Chapters

Forthcoming. ‘Matteo Salvini’s Northern League’, in A. Chiaramonte and A. Wilson, Italian Politics, Berghahn.

2016. (With D. McDonnell), ‘The Lega Nord’, in R. Heinisch and O. Mazzoleni (eds.), Understanding Populist Party Organisation: A Comparative Analysis, Palgrave Populism Series, 105–129.

2016. ‘Il centrodestra: c’è ma non si vede’, in M. Valbruzzi and R. Vignati (eds.), Cambiamento o assestamento? Le elezioni amministrative del 2016, Bologna: Istituto Carlo Cattaneo, 297–308.

2011.   (with D. Hine) ‘Another Divorce: the PDL in 2010’, in E. Gualmini & E. Pasotti (eds.), Italian Politics: Much Ado about Nothing?, Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 69-91.

Journal articles

2016. ‘From National to Sub-National? Exploring the Territorial Dimension of Social Assistance in Italy’, Journal of Social Policy, DOI:

2016. ‘Declining partisan representation at the local level: assessing and explaining the strengthening of local lists in Italian municipalities (1995-2014)’, Local Government Studies, 44(2): 579–597.

2015. ‘The 2015 regional election in Italy: fragmentation and crisis of sub-national democracy’, Regional & Federal Studies, 25(4): 365–378.

2015. ‘Local representative democracy and protest politics: the case of the 5 Star Movement’, Contemporary Italian Politics, 7(3): 232–250.

2014. ‘The Sub-State Politics of Welfare in Italy: Assessing the Effect of Territorial Mobilization on the Development of Region-Specific Social Governance’, Regional & Federal Studies, 24(4): 473–491.

2011. ‘Post social democracy: political and organisational reforms on the Italian left’, Renewal, 19(1): 27–46.

2009. ‘The Death of Social Democracy. The case of the Italian Democratic Party’, Bulletin of Italian Politics (now Contemporary Italian Politics), 1(2): 347–70.

Research interests/expertise

Multi-level party politics and public policy, politics of welfare in decentralised and federal systems, transformation of local and regional representation in Western Europe, quantitative and qualitative methods.


2015. PhD in Political Science, European University Institute

2011. MPhil in European Politics and Society, University of Oxford

2009. MA in European Studies, King’s College London

2007. BA in History, University of Milan

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