Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Dr Francesco Stolfi

Lecturer

E-mail: francesco.stolfi@mq.edu.au

EMPLOYMENTFrancesco Stolfi
Lecturer, Macquaire University, Sydney, Australia (2017-)
Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (2012-2017)
Fixed-Term Lecturer, University of Exeter (2009-2012)
Visiting Professor, LUISS, Rome, April 2010
Research Fellow, University College Dublin (2007 - 2009)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Allegheny College (2006-2007)

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Pittsburgh), 2006
1st Field: Comparative Politics;
2nd Field: EU Politics.

Dissertation: "Reforming Italy's Budget Process, 1960-1999: Europeanization in Context."
M.A. in Political Science (University of Pittsburgh), 2001
M.A. in Urban Studies (Portland State University), 1998
Laurea (BA and M.A.) cum Laude in Business Administration and Economics (University of Rome), 1995

WORK IN PROGRESS
The Political Economy of Services Liberalisation  
EU Influence on domestic fiscal consolidation and public sector reforms:  The case of Italy (with Fabrizio Di Mascio, Alessandro Natalini, and Edoardo Ongaro) (for inclusion in a special issue of West European Politics)
Fiscal consolidation under pressure: The cases of Italy and Spain (with Diego Badell Sanchez, Fabrizio Di Mascio, Alessandro Natalini, Edoardo Ongaro and Tamyko Ysa) (for inclusion in a special issue of Public Management Review)

WORK UNDER REVIEW
Welfare State Retrenchment in the Age of Permanent Austerity: The Subnational Dimension
Externally-Imposed Fiscal Retrenchment and Political Budget Cycles: Health Spending in Italy, 1982-2012
A More German Italy? Dualisation and the Development of Relationship Lending

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Journal Articles
(2017) (with Alessandro Natalini and Fabrizio Di Mascio) "The Implementation of Administrative Burden Reduction Policy: Mechanisms and Contexts in the Study of Europeanization" Comparative European Politics 15 (2): 264-285
(2017) (with Davide Galli, Fabrizio Di Mascio Alessandro Natalini, and Edoardo Ongaro) "Learning-shaping Crises in Italy: A Longitudinal Comparison of Public Personnel Reforms, 1992-2014" Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 19( 2): 119-138
(2016) (with Mark Hallerberg) "Economic Development, Clientelism and Political Budget Cycles: Evidence from Health Policy in Italy" Journal of European Public Policy 23 (6): 833-850
(2013) (with Alessandro Natalini and Fabrizio Di Mascio) "The Ghost of Crises Past: The Legacy of the Past and the Current Fiscal Crisis" Public Administration 91(1): 17-31.
(2012)  (with Alessandro Natalini) "Mechanisms and Public Administration Reform: The Italian Cases of Better Regulation and Digitalization" Public Administration 90 (2): 529-543
(2010) "Testing Structuralist and Interpretative Explanations of Policy Change: The Case of Italy's Budget Reform" Governance 23 (1): 109-132
(2008) "The Europeanization of Italy's Budget Institutions in the 1990s." Journal of European Public Policy 15 (4): 550-566 (also appearing in a virtual special issue on Europeanization of the Journal of European Public Policy, available on the journal's website)
(2001) (with Gerald Sussman) "Telecommunications and Transnationalism: The Polarization of Social Space" The Information Society 17 (1): 49-62
Chapters in edited books
(forthcoming 2017) (with Fabrizio Di Mascio, Alessandro Natalini and Edoardo Ongaro) "Italy: Centralization of Budgetary Institutions as a Response to the Financial Crisis" in Foss Hansen, Hanne, Bøge Kristiansen, Mads and Eva Moll Sørensen (eds) Public Management in Times of Austerity London and New York: Routledge
(forthcoming 2017)  "Clientelism and Political Budget Cycles" in Ruth, Saskia and Maria Spirova (eds) Clientelism and Democratic Governance in Comparative Perspective ECPR Press
(2015) (with Alberta Sbragia).  "Key Policies." In The European Union: How Does it Work? Edited by Danial Kenealy, John Peterson and Richard Corbett. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 97-117.
(2013) "Back in Europe? Italy, the troika and the chancelleries" in Italian Politics 2012. Edited by Claudio Radaelli and Aldo di Virgilio. New York: Berghahn Books, 217-236.
(2012) (with Alberta Sbragia).  "Key Policies." In The European Union: How Does it Work? Edited by Elizabeth Bomberg and John Peterson. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 3nd edition, 99-121.
(2011) "The Core Executive in Italy: A More Visible Skipper, But Still Little Steering" In Steering from the Center. Edited by Guy Peters, Jon Pierre and Carl Dahström. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 80-96.
(2010) (with Chiara Goretti and Luca Rizzuto). "Italy." In The Aftermath of Reform: the Impact and Consequences of Budget Reform in OECD Nations. Edited by John Wanna, Lotte Jensen and Jouke de Vries. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 260-280.
(2009) (with Alberta Sbragia.)  "Politics in the European Union." In European Politics Today. Edited by Russell J. Dalton, G. Bingham Powell Jr. and Kaare Strom. New York: Pearson Longman
(2008) (with Alberta Sbragia).  "Economic and Related Policies." In The European Union: How Does it Work? Edited by Elizabeth Bomberg and Alexander Stubb. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 115-137

Working Papers
(2008), with Mark Hallerberg. "Partisanship, Social Capital and Fiscal Federalism in the Italian Regions" Hertie School of Governance Working Paper n. 32 (May)

Policy Papers
(2014) (with Sri Murniati) "The Public Procurement Regime in the European Union: Lessons for Malaysia" IDEAS Policy Paper Kuala Lumpur.

Reviews
(2015) Review of Paolo Roberto Graziano Europeanization and Domestic Policy Change, London: Routledge Contemporary Italian Politics 7 (1): 94-97.
Review of panel on "Government Formation and Survival" ECPR General Conference, Reykjavik, 25-27 August 2011 (2012) APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter 22 (1): 14
Review of Paolo De Ioanna and Chiara Goretti, La decisione di bilancio in Italia Bologna: Il Mulino, 2008 CONGRIPS Newsletter, 2010

Reports
(2013) (with Edoardo Ongaro, Fabrizio Di Mascio, Davide Galli and Alessandro Natalini) "The impact of the crises on administrative reform in a 'context in motion': Italy 2007-2012" Consortium on Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future, funded by the European Commission's 7th Framework Program.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED TALKS
(with Natalia Papamakariou) "Power to resist: Services liberalization in Greece, 2006-2016," ICPP 3, Singapore, 28-30 June 2017.
"Partisanship and Political Budget Cycles: The Case of Differential Responsiveness to European Pressure," 24th World Congress of Political Science, Poznan, Poland, 23-28 July 2016
"The Political Economy of Compliance: The Implementation of the Services Directive in Europe" (with Nicole Lindstrom), 24th World Congress of Political Science, Poznan, Poland, 23-28 July 2016
"Parties meet European constraints: How partisanship affects the domestic response to European constraints," 8th Pan-European Conference on the European Union, Trento, Italy, 16 -18 June, 2016
"A More German Italy? New Banking and the Evolution of Italy's Industrial Districts," 27th Annual Conference of the Italian Political Science Association, Perugia, 11-13 September 2014
"Economic Development and Distributive Political Budget Cycles: The Case of Health Personnel Spending in the Italian Regions" (with Mark Hallerberg) ECPR Joint Sessions, Salamanca, 10-15 April 2014
"Transparency in Public Procurement: The European State of the Art" Invited presentation to the IDEAS Series on Improving Transparency in Public Procurement, Kuala Lumpur, October 8 2013.
"Italian administrative reform in the crossfire: Crises, Europe, government alternation and veto players" (with Edoardo Ongaro, Fabrizio Di Mascio, Davide Galli and Alessandro Natalini) ECPR General Conference, Bordeaux, 4-7 September 2013
"The Ghost of Crises Past: The Legacy of the Past and the Current Fiscal Crisis" ECPR General Conference, Reykjavik, 25-27 August 2011
(with Mark Hallerberg) "Partisanship, Fiscal Federalism, and Electoral Cycles in the Italian Regions" 1st General Conference of the European Political Science Association, Dublin, 16-18 June 2011
"The Ghost of Crises Past: The Legacy of the Past and the Current Fiscal Crisis" 61 Political Science Association Annual Conference, London, 19-21 April 2011
(with Mark Hallerberg) "Partisanship, Fiscal Federalism, and Electoral Cycles in the Italian Regions" 5th ECPR General Conference, Potsdam, 10 - 12 September 2009
"Globalization v. Europeanization: The Reforms of Budget Institutions in France, Italy and Spain" ECPR Joint Sessions, Lisbon, 14-19 April 2009
"The Paradox of the Italian Prime Minister," Conference "Steering from the Center," Gothenburg, January 14-16, 2009
(with Chiara Goretti and Luca Rizzuto) "Italy," Workshop on "The Impact and Consequences of Budget Reform in OECD Nations," The Hague, June 12-13, 2008
(with Mark Hallerberg) "Explaining Local Government Expenditure Patterns: A Panel Data Approach," ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Rennes, April 11-16, 2008
"The Impact of Electoral Systems on the Structure of the Executive: How Electoral Reform Strengthened the Italian Prime Minister," Sixteen International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Chicago, April 6-8, 2008
"Ideas, Institutions, and Political Choice: Explaining Budget Reform in Italy," 66th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 3-6, 2008
"The Impact of Electoral Systems on the Structure of the Executive: How Electoral Reform Strengthened the Italian Prime Minister," 66th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 3-6, 2008
"The Impact of Electoral Rules on the Core Executive in Parliamentary Systems: The Case of Italy," 58th Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Swansea University, April 1 -3, 2008
"Ideas, Institutions, and Political Choice: Explaining Budget Reform in Italy," GRIP Seminar "Domestic Encounters with EU Politics and Policies" University of Exeter, January 25, 2008
"The Europeanization of Italy's Budget Institutions, 1990-2001: A Bottom-Up Approach," EUSA Tenth Biennial International Conference, Montreal, May 17-May 19, 2007
"The Europeanization of Italy's Budget Institutions, 1990-1999: A Bottom-Up Approach," 65th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 12-15, 2007
"The Limited Reach of Europe: The Reform of Italy's Fiscal Governance Institutions," 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, August 31 - September  4, 2006
"The Europeanization of Italy's Budget Institutions, 1990-1999: A Bottom-Up Approach," 7th Biennial Conference of ECSA-C (European Community Studies Association - Canada) Victoria, B.C. Canada, 19-20 May 2006
"The Causal Role of Ideas and Institutions: An Empirical Analysis of the Reforms of Italy's Budget Institutions, 1990-1999," 64th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 20-23, 2006.
"Ideas into Policies: The Reform of the Budget Process in Italy, 1990-2001," Fifteenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Chicago. March 29 - April 2, 2006
"Ideas into Policies: Italy's Budgetary Reform in the 1990s," 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., September 1-4, 2005
"The Accountability of the European Central Bank: Sketching a Comparative Perspective," Sixth Biennial International Conference of the European Community Studies Association Pittsburgh, PA June 2 - 5, 1999
"The Local Embeddedness of Financial Capital:  Implications for Globalization and Sovereignty," Conference "Rights to the City," York University, Toronto, Canada, June 26 - 28, 1998
(with Gerald Sussman) "Telematics, Transnationalism and Social Welfare" Conference "Telecommunications and the City," Athens, GA, March 21 - 23, 1998
(with Gerald Sussman) "Telecommunications Regulation and Social Welfare," Twelfth EURICOM Colloquium on Communication and Culture, Boulder, CO, October 2 - 5, 1997

GRANTS AND AWARDS
University of Nottingham Seedcorn grant, 2013
British Academy, Overseas Conference Grant, 2011
European Commission, Grant for Jean Monnet Module on European Integration and Europeanisation, 2010
University College Dublin, SEED Fund, 2007
University of Pittsburgh EUC/CWES Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant, 2004
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Political Science Richard W. Cottam Memorial Prize, 2003
University of Pittsburgh EUC/CWES Graduate Student Fellowship, 2001
Nippon Foundation International Trade and Development Graduate Fellowship, 1997
Fulbright Fellowship, 1996

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Fieldwork in Athens on the implementation of the Services Directive in Greece, June 2016 and January 2017.
Creation of an original dataset for project on the implementation of the Services Directive in the European Union, 2013
Creation and updating of an original dataset for project on economic development and political budget cycles in the Italian regions, 2008-2014
Elite interviews for project on economic development and political budget cycles in the Italian regions, 2008-2014
Elite interviews for project on budget reform in Italy, Spain and France, March 2009, Rome and Brussels.
Elite interviews for project on the Italian Prime Minister, October 2008, Rome
Dissertation research (elite interviews and archival research), Rome, Summer 2003, Winter-Spring 2004, February and June 2005
Elite interviews and creation of a regional government fiscal dataset for a study of fiscal federalism in Italy, Winter-Spring 2004
Research assistant for Professor Alberta Sbragia (Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Summer 2005, Fall 2005), assisted with research on federalism and regionalism
Field research in Bonn, Germany, for the creation of a local government fiscal dataset as part of a National Science Foundation-funded research project on fiscal federalism in Germany, Summer 2002
Pre-dissertation research in Rome, Summer 2001
Research assistant for Professor Mark Hallerberg (Fall 2003), assisted with research on fiscal governance in Europe
Research assistant for Professor Gerald Sussman (Fall 1997, Spring 1997), assisted with research on information technology and regional development

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Theories of European Integration (MA), European Union Politics (MA), Europeanisation (MA), Dissertation Skills (MA), Comparative Economic Policy-Making (MA), European Union Institutions and Policies (Jean Monnet Module), EU Economic and Security Issues (Jean Monnet Module), The Politics of European Monetary Integration; Economics of Politics, Comparative Politics,  International Political Economy, European Union Politics, Government and Politics of Western Europe, Italian Politics, Politics on Film
Ph.D., MA and undergraduate thesis supervision in European Politics, Comparative Politics, Public Policy, International Relations

Executive Teaching
"Institutions and governance," IDEAS Political Economy Course, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 1 2014
"Europeanization and Better Governance" Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE
Co-convenor, Master of Politics and Public Policy, Macquarie University (July 2017-)
Senior tutor, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (September 2013 - June 2017)
Exchange and Universitas 21 Coordinator, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (September 2012 - September 2013)
MA thesis coordinator, University of Exeter (September 2010 - August 2012)
Coordinator of the Master's in European Economic and Public Affairs, University College Dublin (September 2007 - August 2009)
Academic coordinator of the Junior Year Abroad programme, University College Dublin (September 2007 - August 2009)

EDITORSHIPS
Book Review Editor, Italian Politics and Society (2008 - 2010)

MEMBERSHIPS
American Political Science Association, European Union Studies Association, Council for European Studies, Midwest Political Science Association, Political Studies Association, Structure and Organisation of Government Research Network, Selection and Deselection of Political Elites Research Network (SEDEPE)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Reviewer for the Italian Research and University Evaluation Agency (ANVUR) for the evaluation of the Italian research system for the period 2011-2014 (VQR 2011-2014).
Reviewer for Acta Politica, European Journal of Political Research, European Political Science Review, Governance, Italian Journal of Public Law, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis and Journal of European Public Policy
Organiser (with Mark Hallerberg) of a one-day workshop on the political and institutional implications ofthe constitutional reforms introducing the requirement of balanced budgets for EU member states (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, July 2012).
Organiser and Chair (with Lotte Jensen) of panel on "Core executive responses to the financial crisis in a multi level perspective", ECPR General Conference, Reykjavik, August 25-27, 2011
Chair, Colloquium on Regulatory Reform, Exeter, University of Exeter, Exeter, 13-14 May, 2010.
Discussant and Chair, panel on "Mechanisms, Instruments and Causality in Europeanization Research", Political Science Association Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 29 March - 1 April 2010
Discussant, workshop on "The Future of Europe" University of Exeter, Exeter, 21-22 January, 2010.
Discussant, workshop on "The Europeanization of the Italian Political System: Politics and Policy" Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence 19-20 June, 2003.

METHODS
Qualitative: elite interviews, archival research.
Quantitative: Time-series cross-sectional analysis

LANGUAGES
Italian (native), English (fluent reading, writing, speaking), French (working knowledge, reading, speaking and reading), German (working knowledge, reading, writing and speaking)