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Massimo Baldini Centre for Media and Democratic Innovations (CMDI)

The Centre

The Centre for Media and Democratic Innovations, founded in 2009, is based at LUISS Guido Carli, Department of Political Science. The center is dedicated to the memory of Massimo Baldini (1947-2008) Professor and Dean of the LUISS Department of Political Science until 2008.

Our History

The Centre for Media and Democratic Innovations Massimo Baldini was born from the merging of two research centers previously established and active in the Italian and international field of Communication Studies. The center aims to assure the continuity with the Research Section for Communication, established in 2003 at LUISS Guido Carli thanks to Massimo Baldini, who was director until his untimely death in December 2008. The center furthermore continues the work of of the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies (Crisc-Cmcs) established in 1997 as an observatory on media and subsequently as an independent research center in 2002. Directed since its establishment by Michele Sorice, the Crisc-Cmcs was institutional member of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) and of MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association).

Our goals 

"Our society," wrote Massimo Baldini in 2003, presenting the newly born Research Section for Communication "is, for the first time in history, a communication based society. All professions need communication skills. And if it is true, as stated by Watzlawick, Beavin and Jackson that 'it is impossible not to communicate' is, moreover, in the same time true, that effective communication – as Mounier stated – is 'less frequent than happiness, more fragile than beauty'. In fact, it is possible to speak and write without communicating anything." The Massimo Baldini Centre for Media and Democratic Innovations builds on the heritage of the two old centers and seeks, at the same time, to represent a continuity with its origins and to go towards new research perspectives, in an interdisciplinary and hybridized approach. The center is based in the interdisciplinary Department of Political Science: sociology, media studies, political science, political communication, democracy studies are just some of the keywords to describe and interpret the social reality and to understand social processes and phenomena still unexplored. The center also has an international vocation, a key role in high-profile research projects, while also being engaged in the innovation of research methodology in the field of political and media studies.

Our activities

The center carries out basic and applied research in the field of media, political and social studies. In particular the center's main research topics can be described as follows (in alphabetical order):
  • Deliberative and Participatory Democracy
  • e-Democracy
  • Gender Politics
  • Journalism and the Media System
  • Media, Citizenship and Democracy
  • Media Sociology
  • The Media System and Political Institutions in Europe
  • Open Government
  • Political Communication
  • Political Parties and Social Movements
  • Political Science
  • Politics and Culture
  • Social and Political Participation
  • Web 2.0, Public Opinion and the Media
The center furthermore carries out training activities on behalf of public institutions and private companies, particularly for directors and managers of internal and external communication, press offices staff members, news and communication professionals. The Massimo Baldini Centre for Media and Democratic Innovations is institutional member of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) and of MeCCSA (Media Communication and Cultural Studies Association). It participates to the activities of the ECPR (European Consortium of Political Research), of PSA (Political Studies Associaton of UK) and of IPSA (International Political Science Association).

New Democracy

Since 2012, CMDI has worked jointly with New Democracy, a think tank whose focus is represented by participatory/deliberative democracy, digital democracy, open government, gender politics, political parties, social movements and participation.

CMDI Working Papers

The center publishes regular research and writing (including research in-progress) in CMDI Working Papers, a high profile and peer-reviewed publication.


LUISS CMDI, jointly with New Democracy and Political Communication Lab, regularly organizes events (seminars, conferences, round tables, symposiums). Every two years it organizes the CMDI Conference at LUISS Guido Carli, in Rome.

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