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Faculté Libre de Droit
Université Catholique de Lille
60 boulevard Vauban - BP 109
F-59016 Lille Cedex


Affiliation à un centre

(Association Belge de Science Politique - Communauté Française)

Membre de la SISE
(Member of the SISE- Italian Society for Electoral Studies (Società Italiana di Studi Elettorali))

Membre de PSA
(Political Studies Association)

Membre de CLS
(Standing Group on Candidate and Leadership Selection, Italian Political Science Association)

Membre du SFR de la SISP
(Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism, Società Italiana di Scienza Politica)

Membre du SGPP, ECPR
(Standing Group on Political Parties, European Consortium for Political Research)

Membre de MAPP
(Working group on Members and Activists of Political Parties)


Collaborateur Scientifique auprès du Centre d'Étude de la Vie Politique (CEVIPOL) de l'ULB, depuis Juin 2012.
Maître de Conférences en Science Politique, Faculté Libre de Droit, Université Catholique de Lille depuis Septembre 2012.
Wiener-Anspach Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, de Janvier à Septembre 2012.
Chercheur en Sciences Politiques à l'ULB de 2007 à 2011.
Chercheur en Sciences Politiques au Centre de Politique Comparée (CPC) de l'UCL de 2006 à 2007.
Diplômée en Sciences Politiques (orientation Relations Internationales, Laurea) de l'Univesité de Turin (2004) et de l'ULB (Doctorat en Science Politique, 2011; DEA en Science Politique, 2007 et DES en Politique Européenne, 2005).

Présentation des recherches

Politique Italienne
- élections Primaires
- élections (résultats, analyses, sondages)
- partis politiques, système de partis
- participation politique (adhérents de parti)
- méthodes de sélection des leaders de parti et des candidats (élections primaires)

Politique Belge
- élections (résultats, analyses, sondages)
- partis politiques, système de partis (francophones)
- participation politique (adhérents de parti)
- méthodes de sélection des leaders de parti et des candidats (éléctions internes aux partis)

Régions en Europe (perspective comparée)
- élections régionales
- institutions régionales
- relations entre les autorités infra-étatiques et l'Union Européenne
- partis régionalistes

In particular, my research activities are organized in the framework of the Post-doctoral research project financed by the Wiener-Anspach Foundation: "Explaining the consequences of primary elections in Europe".

Primary elections for choosing party leaders and candidates are becoming usual events for European parties. This project gives the independent variable, namely primaries, a much-needed conceptualization with regard to European contexts. The aim of the project is to describe the nature and functioning of primary elections (open and closed) in Europe and to provide a comparative analytical framework for clarifying the consequences of primaries on the internal and external functioning of political parties. This framework will be elaborated on the basis of the analytical tools developed for studying the American experience, which will be explored and adapted to the European declination of primary elections. The two research questions of the study, stemming from the main open debates in the North American literature, are the following: to what extent primaries affect negatively the electoral performance of parties within European contexts? To what extent primaries represent a factor hindering party's organizational strength and cohesion? The study takes as main unit of analysis individual parties and their organizational features. The project is articulated into two different steps. The first step deals with the identification of my case studies thought the establishment of a comparative dataset exploring the nature and type of primary elections adopted by parliamentary parties in the 27 EU Members States since the 1970s. In the second step of the study I develop an analytical framework for explaining the impact of primaries on political parties. The framework looks at both organizational aspects and electoral ones. Thus, four different dimensions will be analyzed: factionalism, leadership type and autonomy, candidate autonomy and electoral performance of the party. I use macro-statistical methods to determine the association between the features of primary elections and the indicators elaborated on the basis of US literature on the selected case studies. This research project is innovative from an empirical point of view, because it considers the issue of primary elections as a phenomenon as such and because it analyzes the phenomenon under a comparative perspective. At theoretical level, the study provides an original wide-ranging evaluation and systematization on the US literature on primary elections.

I am also co-convenor of the "Primaries In Comparative Perspective" research project network, which is supported by the ECPR Standing Group on Political Parties (coordinated by Prof. Richard Luther): http://ecprsgpp.wordpress.com/current-major-projects/ .