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Sergio Fabbrini

Sergio Fabbrini
Dean of the Departement of Political Science

Areas of research: American Politics and Institutions, Comparative politics, Constitutions and constitutional processes, Democracy and democratization, European Union Institutions, Italian economics, Law and Politics, Politics and Leadership


Sergio Fabbrini is currently Professor of Politics and International Relations and Dean of the Department of Political Sciences at the Luiss Guido Carli in Rome. He co-founded and served as Director of the Luiss School of Government (2009-2018) and of the Trento School of International Studies ( 2006-2009). He was  the Editor of the “Italian Journal of Political Science” (Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica) in the period 2004-2009 (the first editor after Giovanni Sartori who founded the journal in 1971 and formally directed it till 2003). He is Recurrent Visiting Professor of Comparative and International Politics at the Department of Political Science and Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California at Berkeley. He was Jemolo Fellow at the Nuffield College, Oxford University, in the Spring Semester 2006. He was Jean Monnet Chair Professor at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Florence, in the Fall Semester 2001 and Visiting Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute in Florence, in 2004. He was Fulbright Professor at Harvard University in 1987-1988. He won the 2011 “Capalbio Prize for Europe”, the 2009 “Filippo Burzio Prize for the Political Sciences” and the 2006 Amalfi European Prize for the Social Sciences. He was the Editor of the 9-volumes series on “The Institutions of Contemporary Democracies” for the Italian publisher G. Laterza. He was invited to lecture in Canada (Carlton University), in Mexico (El Colegio de México, Mexico City), in Argentina (Universitad de Buenos Aires and Universitad Abierta Interamericana), in Ecuador (Quito Simon Bolivar University), in China (Nanjing University), in Japan (Osaka University, Tokyo Imperial University and Sapporo University), in Thailand (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok), in the Philippines (University of Philippines-Diliman, Manila) and in hundreds of US and European academic, public and private institutions. He was member of the Steering Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on European Union. He published fourteen books, two co-authored books and eighteen edited or co-edited books or journals’ special issues, and hundreds of scientific articles and essays in seven languages in in the most important peer-reviewed international journals (among them, American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Annual Review of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of European Public Policy, Comparative European Politics, Journal of European Integration, International Political Science Review, International Politics, Government and Opposition, Journal of Democracy, Global Policy, Perspectives on Politics, Political Studies Review, Journal of Modern IItalian Studies, Regional and Federal Studies, European Political Science, European Politics and Society, European Journal of American Culture, Modern Italy, International Spectator, Jourmal of Transatlantic Studies)His publications in English include: Still a Western World? Continuity and Change in Global Order, (with Raffaele Marchetti, eds.) London, Routledge, 2016. Which European Union? Europe After the Euro Crisis, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015; Compound Democracies: Why the United States and Europe Are Becoming Similar, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010 (second and revised edition); America and Its Critics: Vices and Virtues of the Democratic Hyperpower, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2008; Italy in the European Union. Redefining National Interest in a Compound Polity (with Simona Piattoni, eds.)Lanham, Md, Rowman and Littlefield, 2007; The United States Contested. American Unilateralism and European Dissent (ed.)London, Routledge, 2006; Federalism and Democracy in the European Union and the United States. Exploring Post-National Governance (ed.), London, Routledge, 2005; Italy Between Europeanization and Domestic Politics (with V. Della Sala, eds), New York, N.Y. Oxford, Berghahn, 2004. His latest book in Italian is, Sdoppiamento. Una prospettiva nuova per l’Europa (Decoupling: A New Perspective on Europe), Rome-Bari, Laterza, 2017. He is political affairs’ editorialist for the Italian business daily Il Sole 24 Ore. For his editorials, he was awarded the “Altiero Spinelli Prize 2017 for Political Journalism”.

A cv with a scientific fields-based list of publications is available here (Fabbrini-ALL-LUISS_Fields-nv)

Main pubblications (last 10 years)

  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2017). After the Rome Declaration: a Union, not a State. SOCIAL EUROPE JOURNAL, ISSN 2046-9810.
  • Fabbrini, S. (2017). Sessant’anni di Europa: diverse velocità o diverse finalità. IL MULINO, ISSN 1973-8145.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2017). A Union, not a State: la prospettiva dell'unione federale. IL MULINO, p. 190-214. ISSN 0027-3120.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2017). Per una nuova idea di Unione. L'IMPRENDITORE, p. 16-18. ISSN 1125-2529.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2017). Intergovernmentalism in the European Union: a comparative federalism perspective. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN PUBLIC POLICY, p. 580-597. ISSN 1466-4429.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2017). Which Democracy for a Union of States? A Comparative Perspective of the European Union. GLOBAL POLICY, p. 14-22. ISSN 1758-5899.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2017). Sdoppiamento: una prospettiva nuova per l'Europa. Laterza, p. 1-193. ISBN: 9788858127513.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2017). Juncker: the triumph of conventional wisdom. SOCIAL EUROPE JOURNAL, ISSN 2046-9810.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2017). The euro crisis through two paradigms: interpreting the transformation of the European economic governance. EUROPEAN POLITICS AND SOCIETY, p. 318-332. ISSN 2374-5118.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2017). The European Commission: the celebration of confusion. SOCIAL EUROPE JOURNAL, ISSN 2046-9810.
  • AMADIO VICERE', MARIA GIULIA; Fabbrini, Sergio (2017). Assessing the High Representative’s Role in Egypt during the Arab Spring. THE INTERNATIONAL SPECTATOR, p. 64-82. ISSN 0393-2729.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio; Marchetti, Raffaele edited by (2017). Still a Western World? Continuity and Change in Global Order. Routledge, p. 1-163. ISBN: 9781857438703, 978-1-31544-484-0.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2016). From consensus to domination: the intergovernmental union in a crisis situation. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION, p. 587-599. ISSN 1477-2280.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio; Puetter, Uwe (2016). Catlyst of integration: the role of core intergovernmental forums in EU politics. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION, p. 633-642. ISSN 1477-2280.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2016). La crisi dell’euro e le sue conseguenze. RIVISTA TRIMESTRALE DI DIRITTO PUBBLICO, p. 651-669. ISSN 0557-1464.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio; Puetter, Uwe (2016). Integration without supranationalisation: studying the lead roles of the European Council and the Council in post-Lisbon EU politics. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION, p. 481-495. ISSN 1477-2280.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio; Lazar, Marc (2016). Renzi’s Leadership between Party and Government. ITALIAN POLITICS, p. 40-58. ISSN 2326-7259.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2016). Il Presidente della Repubblica tra cambiamenti politici interni ed europei. QUADERNI DI SCIENZA POLITICA, p. 177-194. ISSN 1124-7959.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2016). Dr Renzi e Mr Sottobosco: le trasformazioni della leadership politica. FORMICHE, p. 20-21. ISSN 1824-9914.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2016). The euro crisis through two paradigms: interpreting the transformation of the European economic governance. EUROPEAN POLITICS AND SOCIETY, p. 1-15. ISSN 2374-5118.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2016). The Constitutional Conundrum of the European Union. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN PUBLIC POLICY, p. 84-100. ISSN 1350-1763.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2015). Which European Union? Europe after the Euro crisis. Cambridge University Press, p. 1-374. ISBN: 9781107503977.
  • Fabbrini, (2015). The European Union and the Puzzle of Parliamentary Government. REVUE D'INTÉGRATION EUROPÉENNE = JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION, p. 571-586. ISSN 0703-6337.
  • Fabbrini (2014). Politica comparata. Introduzione alle democrazia contemporanee. Editori Laterza, p. 1-242. ISBN: 9788842085195.
  • fabbrini (2014). L’Europa fratturata/ The Cracks in Europe. EUTOPIA, p. 1-5. ISSN 1121-1628.
  • Fabbrini, Sergio (2014). The European Union and the Libyan Crisis. INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, p. 177-195. ISSN 1384-5748.
  • Fabbrini; Sicurelli D. (2014). An institutional approach to foreign policy-making: the EU, the USA andcrisis management in Africa’. JOURNAL OF TRANSATLANTIC STUDIES, p. 41-61. ISSN 1479-4012. 10.1080/14794012.2014.871433;
  • Fabbrini (2014). Dahl’s legacy: Democracy as a working progress. ITALIAN POLITICAL SCIENCE, p. 1-3. ISSN 2420-8434.
  • Fabbrini (2014). Perché Fukuyama ha ragione a metà. ASPENIA, p. 48-54. ISSN 1590-5942.
  • S. Fabbrini (2013). Elezioni USA: un secondo mandato, in Ist. Enciclopedia Italiana edited by Treccani Atlante Geopolitico 2013. Bossura. p. 46-54.
  • Sergio Fabbrini (2013). Solving the government’s puzzle: the controversial consequences of the Italian elections of 24–25 February 2013. CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN POLITICS, p. 196-221. ISSN 2324-8823.
  • M. Lazar; S. Fabbrini (2013). The Italian elections: The electoral roots and the political consequences of the 24-25 February 2013 Italian elections. CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN POLITICS, p. 1-1. ISSN 2324-8823.
  • M. Lazar; S.Fabbrini (2013). Still a difficult democracy? Italy between populist challenges and institutional weakness’. CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN POLITICS, p. 106-112. ISSN 2324-8823.
  • S. Fabbrini (2013). Quattro risposte a Michele Salvati. IL MULINO, p. 55-59. ISSN 1973-8145.
  • S. Fabbrini; S. Micossi (2013). Una risposta ai nostri critici: guardare ai fatti e allungare la vista. ASPENIA, p. 1-4. ISSN 1590-5942.
  • N. Delai; S. Fabbrini; S. Manzocchi edited by (2013). Generare Classe Dirigente. LUISS UNIVERSITY PRESS, p. 5-233.
  • Sergio Fabbrini (2013). Political and institutional constraints on structural reforms: interpreting the Italian experience. MODERN ITALY, p. 423-436. ISSN 1353-2944.
  • S. Fabbrini (2013). Intergovernmentalism and Its Limits: Assessing the European Union's Answer to the Euro Crisis. COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES, p. 1003-1029. ISSN 0010-4140.
  • S. Fabbrini (2013). The rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi: Personalization of politics and its limits’,. COMPARATIVE EUROPEAN POLITICS, p. 153-171. ISSN 1472-4790.
  • Sergio Fabbrini; Stefano Manzocchi edited by (2012). Rappresentanza, responsabilità e crescita. Sesto Rapporto Generare Classe Dirigente. LUISS Universtity Press, p. 5-199. ISBN: 9788861050631.
  • S. Fabbrini (2012). ‘Navigating the Murky Waters of Nationalism: Why European Have to Consider the American Experience’. QUADERNI DI SCIENZA POLITICA, p. 489-503. ISSN 1124-7959.
  • S. Fabbrini; Patrick Dibere Molutsi (2012). ‘Comparative Politics’, in Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser e Leonardo Morlino edited by International Encyclopedia of Political Science. London Sage, v. 2, p. 342-359.
  • S. Fabbrini (2012). ‘Le implicazioni istituzionali della crisi dell’euro’. IL MULINO, p. 96-106. ISSN 0027-3120.
  • S. Fabbrini (2012). ‘Robert Putnam e l’eredità di Alexis de Tocqueville’. RIVISTA ITALIANA DI SCIENZA POLITICA, p. 115-120. ISSN 0048-8402.
  • S. Fabbrini (2012). ‘Il sistema internazionale e la politica italiana: da sostegno a vincolo’. LA RIVISTA DELLE POLITICHE SOCIALI, p. 11-27. ISSN 1724-5389.
  • S. Fabbrini (2012). ‘L’America ha votato ma non ha ancora un governo’. ITALIANIEUROPEI, p. 110-115. ISSN 1593-5124.
  • S. Fabbrini (2012). ‘The Institutional Odyssey of the Italian Parliamentary Republic’. JOURNAL OF MODERN ITALIAN STUDIES, p. 10-24. ISSN 1354-571X.
  • S. Fabbrini (2012). ‘L’ineguaglianza tra economia e politica’. ITALIANIEUROPEI, p. 191-195. ISSN 1593-5124.
  • S. Fabbrini (2012). “Il futuro di Obama”. ITALIANIEUROPEI, p. 97-102. ISSN 1593-5124.
  • S. Fabbrini (2011). “Una road map per la crescita”. FORMICHE, p. 35-36. ISSN 1824-9914.
  • Fabbrini; Michael Cox (2011). The Transatlantic Relationship: The Marriage Without End?,. EUROPEAN POLITICAL SCIENCE, ISSN 1680-4333.
  • Sergio Fabbrini (2011). Addomesticare il Principe. Perchè i leader contano e come controllarli.. Marsilio Editori:Marittima Fabbricato 205, 30135 Venice Italy:011 39 041 2406528, EMAIL:, Fax: 011 39 041 5238352, ISBN: 9788831707909.
  • S. Fabbrini (2011). “Compound Democracy”, in Marc Bevir edited by Encyclopedia of Political Theory. London Sage, v. 1, p. 261-266.
  • S. Fabbrini (2011). “Faction”, in Marc Bevir edited by Encyclopedia of Political Theory. London Sage, v. 2, p. 490-491.
  • S. Fabbrini; Amr Yossef (2011). “Obama in the Middle East: Why he Needs European Support”. EUROPEAN POLITICAL SCIENCE, p. 36-43. ISSN 1680-4333.
  • S. Fabbrini (2011). “When Media and Politics Overlap: Inferences from the Italian Case”. GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION, p. 345-364. ISSN 0017-257X.
  • S. Fabbrini (2011). “Unione Europea: l’eccezionalismo alla prova”. ASPENIA, p. 202-212. ISSN 1590-5942.
  • S. Fabbrini (2011). “Robert D. Putnam between Italy and the United States”. BULLETIN OF ITALIAN POLITICS, p. 391-399. ISSN 1759-3077.
  • S. Fabbrini (2011). “Nell’Europa dei governi Roma gioca in panchina”. LIMES, p. 91-99. ISSN 1124-9048.
  • S. Fabbrini (2011). “Miti e realtà: come cambia la politica americana”. ASPENIA, p. 26-34. ISSN 1590-5942.
  • S. Fabbrini (2011). “Che cos’é la leadership. Come si manifesta”. CHARTA, p. 72-81. ISSN 1124-2841.
  • S. Fabbrini; R. La Raja (2010). The Politics of a semi-sovereign prince. ASPENIA, p. 68-81. ISSN 1590-5942.
  • S. Fabbrini (2010). “Stati Uniti: un’alternativa a Westfalia”. ASPENIA, p. 126-133. ISSN 1590-5942.
  • S. Fabbrini (2010). “Mas alla de Lisboa: el enigma constitucional de la integracion europea”. REVISTA SAAP, p. 13-48. ISSN 1666-7883.
  • sergio Fabbrini; Vincenzo Lippolis; Giulio Maria Salerno (2010). Governare le Democrazie. esecutivi, leader e sfide.. IL FILANGIERI, ISSN 1825-0432.
  • S. FABBRINI;R. LA RAJA (2010). I democratici americani nell'epoca di Barack Obama. Italianieuropei, p. 2-80. ISBN: 8889988339.
  • S. Fabbrini (2010). “Le élite italiane tra inadeguatezza e trasformazione: una discussione con Michele Salvati”. STATO E MERCATO, p. 343-349. ISSN 0392-9701.
  • S. Fabbrini (2010). “Anti-Americanism and US Foreign Policy: Which Correlation?”. INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, p. 557-573. ISSN 1384-5748.
  • S. Fabbrini (2010). “Governare l’Italia: il rafforzamento dell’esecutivo tra pressioni e resistenze”. IL FILANGIERI, p. 33-54. ISSN 1825-0432.
  • S. FABBRINI;R. LA RAJA (2009). Il principe semisovrano. ASPENIA, p. 26-37. ISSN 1590-5942.
  • S. FABBRINI (2009). El ascenso del Principe democratico. Quién gobierna y como se gobiernan las democracias. Fonde de Cultura Economica.
  • S. FABBRINI (2009). Oltre Lisbona: l’enigma costituzionale dell’integrazione europea. RIVISTA ITALIANA DI SCIENZA POLITICA, p. 349-381. ISSN 0048-8402.
  • S. FABBRINI (2009). Lifting the Siege of Liberalism. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW, p. 364-367. ISSN 1478-9299.
  • S. FABBRINI;D. SICURELLI (2009). The domestic conditions for a paradigmatic change in the United States' Foreign Policy. THE INTERNATIONAL SPECTATOR, p. 51-66. ISSN 0393-2729.