National Projects

Il contributo italiano all'autonomia strategica europea

Head: Raffaele Marchetti

The project aims to analyze the international, regional and national drivers of the Italian stance in the field of European defense. This objective will be pursued through a dual strategy: on the one hand, the research team aims to map the evolution of European defense and Italian participation in the three major recent initiatives in this sector: PESCO, EDF and CARD. The project will develop quantitative indicators to estimate the Italian contribution to European defense, which will be accompanied by a detailed qualitative analysis of European opportunities in a rapidly changing political-diplomatic context. Secondly, the project aims to create focus groups and understand the different preferences of political, bureaucratic and industrial players, in order to then examine the strengths and weaknesses of the Italian stance in Europe. As a final act, the research team will organize an international conference at the Luiss Guido Carli in Rome, which will be attended by both policy-makers and internationally renowned scholars.

Increasing the gap? Political participation and inequalities amidst the Great Recession (and the current pandemic crisis)

Head: Michele Sorice

The aim of this project is to investigate the evolution of political participation during the Great Recession and (potentially) the current pandemic crisis, which we consider as critical global junctures in terms of both the economic impact that they had and the political consequences they caused. The project is specifically focused on the study of unequal political participation and on the effects of these critical global junctures on political inequalities. While analysing the lines of stratification of political participation, the study is deeply committed to identify possible mechanisms that might act to mitigate participatory inequalities. In particular, two broad processes will be studied as potentially mobilizing factors of traditionally underrepresented citizens. On the one hand, the study will analyse the impact of populism throughout the Great Recession on participatory behaviour, under the hypothesis that populist parties, appealing to lower social strata, might have played a positive role in boosting participation of these social groups; on the other hand, we will explore the role of on-line participation tools to facilitate off-line participation.


Head: Livia de Giovanni

The main objective of Per.Se.O is to ensure support for the integration of refugees into employment in Italy, contributing to their general autonomy, to be “built” through the realization of specific individual paths of social and economic integration, as a result of their escape from the reception circuit. The scientific research activity is aimed at monitoring and evaluating the different areas of intervention promoted, the paths and services activated in favor of refugees who have come out of the reception circuit for 18 months. The main purpose of the monitoring is to detect any deviations from the objectives set, in order to allow timely corrective actions, including through the collection of such-quantitative indicators. The ex-post evaluation covers the entire project period, with a particular interest in the impact it generates and the different aspects of efficiency (in the use of resources), effectiveness (in relation to objectives) and sustainability of the project.

Research Office

Research Office


Anna Elisa D’Agostino
T: 0685225989

Viale Romania, 32
00197 Roma

Project Management

Chiara Sganga
T: 0685225994

Giovanni Vassallo
T: 0685225740

Licia Gallo
T: 0685225958  

Financial reporting

Roberta Pellicano
T: 0685225440

Research Centers

Alessandra Paoletti
T: 0685225826