Vincenzo Della Sala

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D.Phil. Politics University of Oxford 1990
M.A. Political Science New York University, 1984
B.A. Political Science McGill University, 1982
Carriera accademica ed attività didattica



(a) Edited Volumes

2018   Guest Editor, Special Issue of Europe-Asia Studies on "Power and Competing Regionalism in a Wider Europe: Shared Neighbourhood, Battleground or Transit on the New Silk Road?"

2010    Guest Editor, Special Issue of the Journal of Common Market Studies on “Mythologizing the European Union” 48:1.

2007    Vincent Della Sala and Carlo Ruzza. Governance and Civil Society in the European Union:  Exploring Policy Issues. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

2007    Carlo Ruzza and Vincent Della Sala. Governance and Civil Society in the European Union: Normative Perspectives. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

2004    Vincent Della Sala and Sergio Fabbrini, eds. Politica in Italia, 2004. Bologna: Il Mulino.  Translated as: Italy Between Europeanization and Domestic Politcs. New York: Berghahn Press.



(b) Articles in peer-reviewed journals

2016    “Europe’s odyssey?: political myth and the European Union”. Nations and Nationalism 22:3, pp. 524-41.

2016    “Adesso le cose sono cambiate»: Matteo Renzi e l’Unione Europea”, co-authored with Marco Brunazzo, Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche n. 1/2016, pp. 115-134

2016    “Patriot games: the regulation of online gambling in the European Union”, co-authored with Des Laffey and Kathryn Laffey, Journal of European Public Policy, 23:10, DOI:10.1080/13501763.2015.1105281

2012    “Europe's Autumn? Popular Sovereignty and Economic Crisis in the European Union”, The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 26-39.

2010    “Stakes and states: gambling and the single market,” Journal of European Public Policy, 17:7 (October), 1024-38.

2010    “Political Myth, Mythology and the European Union”, Journal of Common Market Studies, 48:1, 1-18.

2008    “Eurosceptics and Europhiles in accord: the creation of the European Ombudsman as an institutional isomorphism”, co-authored with Weiqing Song, Policy & Politics, 36: 4: 481-495

2006    “The State Beyond Transformation and Adaptation?”, Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica (August): 207-230.

2005    “Anti-terrorism and the State: From National to Human Security”, Quaderni di Sociologia, 39: 40-54.

2004    “The Italian Model of Capitalism: On the Road Between Globalization and Europeanization?”, Journal of European Public Policy, 11:6 (December): 1041-1058.

1997    Review Article: “Politics without a centre?”, West European Politics, 20:3 (July): 212-18.

1997    “Constitution-making and Citizenship Practice - Bridging the Democracy Gap in the European Union,” co-authored with Antje Wiener, Journal of Common Market Studies, (December 1997): 595-614.

1997    “The Italian Parliament: A Bridge Too Far?”, Parliamentary Affairs, Special Fiftieth Anniversary Issue on Parliament and the People, 50:3 (July 1997): 396-409.

1997    “Hollowing Out and Hardening the Italian State: European Integration and the Italian Economy,” West European Politics, 20:1 (January 1997): 14-33.

1994    “Capital Blight? The Regulation of Financial Institutions in Italy and Canada,” Governance, 7:3 (July ): 244-264.

1993    "Committees in the Italian Parliament: Parliament at Work," Legislative Studies Quarterly, 18:2 (May): 157-184.

1992    David Hine and Vincent Della Sala. "The Italian General Election of 5/6 April 1992," Electoral Studies 11:4 (December): 362-7.

1988    Sabino Cassese, Patrizio Bianchi and Vincent Della Sala, "Privatisation in Italy: Aims and Constraints,", West European Politics, 11:4 (October): 87-100.

1988    "The Italian Budgetary Process: Political and Institutional Constraints," West European Politics, 11:3 (July): 110-125.



(c) Chapters in Edited Books

2016    “Italy Between Trasformismo And Transformative Europe” in José M. Magone, Brigid Laffan, Christian Schweiger, eds. Core-periphery Relations in the European Union:  Power and Conflict in a Dualist Political Economy. London: Routledge.

2015    “Gli Esami Non Finiscono Mai: Italy and the European Union”, in E. Jones and G. Pasquino, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2014    “The EU and the Eurasian Union: Between Partnership and Threat?” in P. Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa, eds. The Eurasian Union. London: Routledge.

2013    “Re-create the social state:  Zygmunt Bauman in Conversation with Vincent Della Sala”, in Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa, eds., Twenty Ways to Fix the World: Interviews with the World’s Foremost Thinkers (New York: New York University Press).

2013    “Myth and the Post-national Polity: The Case of the European Union”, in Gérard Bouchard, ed., Whither National Myths? Reflections on the Present and Future of National Myths (London: Routledge).

2012    With Marco Brunazzo. “A Good Idea That Lost Its Way: Cohesion Policy in the EU”, in By Hubert Zimmermann and Andreas Dür, eds. Key Controversies in European Integration. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2011    “A Less Close Union? The European Union’s Search for Unity amid Crisis”. In Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian, eds, The Deepening Crisis:Governance Challenges After Neoliberalism. New York: New York University Press.

2011    With Marco Brunazzo. “From Salvation to Pragmatic Indifference?: Europe in Italian Political Discourse”, in Robert Harmsen and Joachim Schild, eds. Debating Europe: The 2009 European Parliament Elections and Beyond. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

2007    "From Resource to Constraint? Italy and the Stability and Growth Pact". In Luca Verzichelli and Grant Amyot, eds., The End of the Berlusconi Era. New York, N.Y.: Berghahn Books.

2007    "Italy and Macroeconomic Policy". In Sergio Fabbrini and Simona Piattoni, eds. : Italy in the European Union: Redefining National Interest in a Compound Polity Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield.

2007    “Birth of a Union: Lessons for North America from the European Union”, in Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Radha Jhappan and François Rocher, eds., Politics in North America :Redefining Continental Relations. Toronto: Broadview Press.

2007    “The unequal sides of a triangle: democracy, civil society and governance” in C. Ruzza and V. Della Sala, eds. Governance and Civil Society in the European Union: Normative Perspectives. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

2005    “Democracy, Civil Society and Governance”, in Piotr Dutkiewicz and Dejan Guzina, eds. Theory and Practice of Civil Society in Russia. St. Petersburg: University of St. Petersburg Press.

2004    “European Polity Building: Searching for legitimacy between economic and social Europe” in Sergio Fabbrini, ed., Democracy and Federalism in the European Union and the United States Exploring Post-National Governance. London: Routledge.

2004   “From Maastricht to modernization: EMU and the Italian social state” in Andrew Martin and George Ross, eds., Euros and Europeans: Monetary Integration and the European Model of Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2002   “D'Alema's dilemmas: third way, Italian style”, in Oliver Schmidtke, ed., The Third Way Transformation of Social Democracy: Normative Claims and Policy Initiatives in the 21st Century. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishers.

2002    “Citizens and the Italian Parliament”, in Philip Norton, ed., Parliaments and Citizens in Western Europe. London: Frank Cass Publishers.

2002    “Modernization and Welfare State Restructuring in Italy: The Case of Child care”, in
            Sonya Michel and Rianne Mahon, eds. Child Care at the Crossroads: Gender and
            Welfare State Restructuring
. London: Routledge.

2001    “Governance of Politics Without a Centre”, in Gordon Smith, ed. Who is Afraid of the State? The State and Multi-level Governance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2001    “Policies without Representation?: Women and the Care of Children in Italy”, co-authored with  Franca Bimbi, in Jane Jenson and Mariette Sineau, eds.Who Cares? Women's Work, Childcare and Welfare State Redesign. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2000    “Il Nuovo Sud nel Nuovo Europa: Il Caso di Sviluppo Italia,” in Gianfranco Pasquino and Mark Gilbert, eds., Politica in Italia. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2000.

1998    “Parliaments and Pressure Groups in Italy”, in Philip Norton, ed., Parliaments and Pressure Groups in Western Europe. London: Frank Cass, 1998.

1998    “The Italian Parliament: Chambers in a Crumbling House?”, in Philip Norton, ed. Parliaments and Governments in Western Europe. London: Frank Cass, 1998.

1998    “Dancing Without a Lead: Legislative Decrees in Italy”, co-authored with Amie Kreppel in Matthew Shugart and John Carey, eds. Executive Decree Authority.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 175-196.

1996    “European Integration and the Transformation of the Italian State”, in Carlo Mongardini e Giorgio de Finis, eds., Le trasformazioni del politico. Roma, Bulzoni.

1993    "The Scalfaro Election: In the Shadow of Presidentialism?" in S. Hellman and G. Pasquino, eds., Italian Politics - A Review Vol.8. London: Pinter.

1991    "Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Canadian Lessons for European Federalism." in Preston King and Andrea Bosco, eds. A Constitution for Europe. London:  Lothian Press.

1988    "Governing by Decree: The Use of Decree Legislation in the Italian Parliament," in Robert Leonardi and Raffaella Nanetti eds. Italian Politics - A Review Vol.II. London: Frances Pinter.






Attività di ricerca

Project on: Political Myth and Mythology in the European Union
Project on: The Political Economy of Legalised Gambling.
Project on: Politics Without a Centre: Democracy and Modernization in Europe, Russia and Central Asia

Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici

Member of the International Studies Association

Member of the European Union Studies Association

Premi e riconoscimenti

2014-17           Jean Monnet Chair, Narratives for a New Europe

2013-14           European Institutes of Advanced Studies Fellow (EURIAS), Collegium de Lyon

2014-16          Jean Monnet EU project on Europe and Eurasia                            €41,800

2012               Jean Monnet (EU) project on teaching the EU in school                €77.000

2008               Canada-EU Transatlantic Exchange Partnership Grants                 €134.000

2007               German Marshall Fund of the United States – project on energy
                       security in Europe and North America                                            €18.000

2005               Jean Monnet (EU) project on Europe and Democracy                   €20.000

Convegni e conferenze

Selected Conference papers

2017    “Narratives of Power in a Wider Europe” (with Viktoria Akchurina), Paper presented to the annual conference of the International Studies Association, Baltimore, 22-25 February.

2017    “Ontological security and the narration of energy in the European Union”, Paper presented to the symposium on Energy Transformations Perspectives from the Humanities, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, 17-18 January.

2016    “Homeland Security?: Territorial Myths and  Ontological Security in the European Union”. Paper presented to the workshop on European Boundaries in Nationalist Times, University of Oxford, 21-22 October.

2015    “Narration and Crisis in the European Union”, Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Montreal, 26-29 August.

2015    “Narrative Form and Content in Post-national Governance:  The Case of Political Mythology”.  Paper presented to Centre for Globalisation and Governance University of Hamburg 15 July.2015    “Birth of a Union?: The EU’s Search for a Foundational Myth”, Paper presented to the conference on, “The EU Politics of Memory”, European University Institute, Florence, 18-20 June.

2015    “Not So Different After All?: The EU and Myths of Exceptionalism”, Paper presented to the European Union Studies Association Conference, Boston, 4-6 March.

2013    “Political Myth and Legitimacy in the European Union”, Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association Meeting, San Francisco, 2-6 April.

2012    “Understanding the Crisis: Did EU Studies Get It Wrong?”, ” Paper presented to ECPR Standing Group on the European Union Conference, Tampere, 13-15 September.

2012    “Searching for a Political Mythology of the European Union”, Paper presented to ECPR Standing Group on the European Union Conference, Tampere, 13-15 September.

2012    “Searching for the Real Italy in Europe: Italy Between Modernization and Resistance”, Paper presented with Marco Brunazzo to the European Community Studies Association-Canada Conference, Ottawa, 26-28 April 2012.

2010    “Crisis, What Crisis? Narrating Crisis and Decline in the European Union” Paper presented to ECPR Standing Group on the European Union Conference, Porto, 24-26 June.

2010    “Promoting Risky Business: Legalized Gambling and the Governing of Risk”, Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, Concordia University, Montreal 1-3 June.

2009    “Saints, Sinners and Agnostics: Europe in Italian Political Discourse” with Marco Brunazzo- Paper presented to the conference on "National European Debates and the 2009 European Parliament Elections - lessons learned for the future”, European Academy Otzenhausen (Saarland, Germany), 15-16 October.

2009    “Myth and the Post-national Polity: The Case of the European Union” Paper presented to conference on “Whither National Myths? Reflections on the Present and Future of National Myths”, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 7-8 May.

2008    “Political Mythology and the European Union”, Paper presented to ECPR Standing Group on the European Union Conference, Riga, 25-27 September.

2007    “Sill Saved by Europe? The Treaty of Rome and European Integration in the Italian Imagination” with Marco Brunazzo. Paper presented to the UACES Annual Conference, Portsmouth 4-6 September.

2007    “The Variable Geometry of Policy Styles: Italy from weak to stronger state?” with Marco Brunazzo, Paper presented to the European Union Studies Association Conference, Montreal, 17-19 May.

2005    “Governance and Constitutionalism Beyond the State” Paper presented to the annual meeting of the Italian Political Science Association, Cagliari, 21-24 September 2005.

2004    “Beyond Empire and the New Medievalism: Bounded Hegemony in the EU and NAFTA”, Paper presented with Sergio Fabbrini at the 2nd Pan-European Conference on EU Politics, 24-26 June, 2004, Bologna, Italy.


Altre attività

Other Appointments

2007-               Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center

2005-6             Visiting Professor, Istituto Alti Studi, IMT Lucca (PhD course on the EU)

2000                Jemolo Visiting Fellowship, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

2001                Visiting Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Università di Trento (Italy)

1988-1990      Legislative Assistant, House of Commons, Ottawa

1987-88          CPSA Parliamentary Intern, House of Commons, Ottawa