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Leonardo Morlino

Leonardo Morlino
Professor emeritus

Areas of research: Civil Society, Comparative politics, Democracy and democratization, Developing Countries, Elections and Political Parties, Global Governance, International affairs, International Law, Migration and Refugees, Third and non-profit sector, United Nations


Leonardo Morlino is professor of Political Science at Luiss, Rome. He is also the President of International Political Science Association (IPSA) (2009-12).
In 2004 he was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies. He was Bechtel Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Stanford, Ca, (USA) (2002-3); Jemolo Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University (UK) in 1998, 2007, and 2009; visiting Professor at Institute Juan March in  Madrid (Spain) in 1995-96; visiting Professor at Institute d’Etudes Politiques in Paris (France) in 1992-93, 1993-94, and 2008; and Monte dei Paschi Fellow at St. Anthony’s College,  Oxford in 2010. He was co-editor of Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica from 1977 through 1991.

 He is the author, co-author or editor of 30 volumes and of about 200 chapters in books or articles in journals, published in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Mongolian. His books include: Introduzione alla ricerca comparata, Bologna, Il Mulino (2005) (Spanish and French translations 2008); Democrazie e democratizzazioni, Bologna,  Il Mulino, 2003 (Span. transl. 2005 and 2009); Democracy Between Consolidation and Crisis. Parties, Groups, and Citizens in Southern Europe, Oxford, Oxford University Press 1998 (Italian translation 2008); Como cambian los regimenes politicos, Madrid, CEC, 1985; Dalla democrazia all’autoritarismo. Il caso spagnolo in prospettiva comparata, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1981. Among his most recent co-authored or edited books there are: Democratization and the European Union. Comparing Central and Eastern European post-communist countries, London, Routledge (2010); Rule of Law and Democracy, Boston, Brill (2010); International Actors, Democratization and the Rule of Law: Anchoring Democracy?, London, Routledge, 2008 (paperback 2009); Party Change in Southern Europe, London, Routledge, 2007; Partiti e caso italiano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2006; Europeizzazione e rappresentanza territoriale. Il caso italiano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2006;  Assessing the Quality of Democracy. Theory and Empirical Analysis, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005; and Fondamenti di Scienza politica, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2004.

Changes for democracy is his last  book just published with Oxford University Press, in addition of being one of the editors of the International Encyclopedia of Political Science, 8 volls, Sage Publications, 2011. In collaboration of a large network of other scholars, he is directing a comparative research on “The quality of Democracy in Latin America” on 18 Latin American countries.

Main publications (last 10 years)

  • Morlino, Leonardo; Quaranta, Mario (2016). What is the impact of the economic crisis on democracy? Evidence from Europe. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, p. 618-633. ISSN 0192-5121.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2015). Transiciones democraticas: entre cuestiones teόricas y análisis empirico(Democratic transitions: between theoretical issues and empirical results). REVISTA ESPAÑOLA DE CIENCIA POLÍTICA, p. 17-42. ISSN 1575-6548.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2015). Qualidades da democracia: como analisá-las. SOCIEDADE E CULTURA, p. 177-194. ISSN 1980-8194.
  • Morlino, Leonardo; D., Piana (2015). Dissenso e magistratura. QUESTIONE GIUSTIZIA, p. 75-83. ISSN 1972-5531.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2015). Transitions to Democracy. What Theory to Grasp Complexity?. HISTOREIN, p. 13-31. ISSN 2241-2816.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2015). Changes for Democracy: Are There Hibrid Regimes?. CENTRAL EUROPEAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, p. 14-49. ISSN 1586-4197.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2014). Democrazia e mutamenti. Attori, strutture, processi. LUISS UNIVERSITY PRESS. ISBN: 978-88-6105-175-1.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2014). La calidad de las democracias en América Latina: informe para IDEA. International IDEA, p. 1-207. ISBN: 978-91-87729-60-7.
  • Morlino, Leonardo; D., Piana (2014). Economic Crisis in a Stalemated Democracy: The Italian case. AMERICAN BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST, p. 1-26. ISSN 0002-7642.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2014). The Quality of Democracy in Latin America. A Report for IDEA. IDEA INTERNATIONAL.
  • Morlino, Leonardo; Quaranta, Mario (2014). The non-procedural determinants of responsiveness. WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS, p. 331-360. ISSN 0140-2382.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2013). The impossible transition and the unstable new mix: Italy 1992–2012. COMPARATIVE EUROPEAN POLITICS, p. 337-359. ISSN 1472-4790.
  • Morlino, Leonardo; D., Piana; F., Raniolo edited by (2013). La qualità della democrazia in Italia. il mulino, ISBN: 9788815244307.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2012). Changes for Democracy: Actors, Structures, Processes. Oxford University Press, p. 1-311. ISBN: 9780199572533.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2011). Hybrid Regimes, in B. BADIE, D. BERG-SCHLOSSER, L. MORLINO edited by International Encyclopedia of Political Science. SAGE PUBLICATIONS.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2011). Political Science, in B. BADIE, D. BERG-SCHLOSSER, L. MORLINO edited by International Encyclopedia of Political Science. SAGE PUBLICATIONS. ISBN: 9781412959636.
  • Morlino, Leonardo; Dressel, Björn; Pelizzo, Riccardo (2011). The quality of Democracy in Asia-Pacific: Issues and Findings. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, p. 491-511. ISSN 0192-5121.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2011). Per non dimenticare Bentley: dai gruppi alle politiche. RIVISTA ITALIANA DI POLITICHE PUBBLICHE, p. 397-406. ISSN 1722-1137.
  • Morlino, Leonardo; B., Dressel; R., Pelizzo edited by (2011). International Political science Review. Special issue: The quality of Democracy in Asia Pacific. Sage Publications, p. 489-626.
  • Morlino, Leonardo; Bertrand, Badie; Dirk Berg, Schlosser edited by (2011). International Encyclopedia of Political Science. SAGE Publications, Inc, p. "-"-"-". ISBN: 9781412959636.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2011). Analyzing Democratic Qualities. CENTRAL EUROPEAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, p. 9-45. ISSN 1586-4197.
  • ANTONIO COSTA, Pinto; Morlino, Leonardo edited by (2011). Dealing with the Legacy of Authoritarianism: The 'Politics of Past' in Southern European Democracies. ROUTLEDGE, p. "_"-"_". ISBN: 9780415587082.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2011). Democracy, Quality, in B. BADIE, D. BERG-SCHLOSSER, L. MORLINO edited by International Encyclopedia of Political Science. SAGE PUBLICATIONS. ISBN: 9781412959636.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2010). Autorità e legittimità tra consolidamento e crisi. RASSEGNA ITALIANA DI SOCIOLOGIA, p. 571-598. ISSN 0486-0349.
  • Morlino, Leonardo; L., Palombella edited by (2010). Rule of Law and Democracy: Internal and External Issues, special issue of Comparative Sociology. Brill, p. 1-220. ISBN: 9789004181694.
  • Morlino, Leonardo (2010). Authoritarian Legacies, Politics of Past, and Quality of Democracy in Southern Europe: Open Conclusions. SOUTH EUROPEAN SOCIETY & POLITICS, p. 507-529. ISSN 1360-8746.
  • Morlino, Leonardo; W., Sadursky edited by (2010). Democratization and European Union. Routledge, p. 1-288. ISBN: 9780415560443.
  • Morlino, Leonardo; A., Costa Pinto edited by (2010). The ‘Politics of the Past’ in South European Democracies. Comparative Perspectives. Routledge, p. 339-529. ISBN: 0013608746.