Welcome to CIRCaP
The Centre for the Study of Political Change (CIRCaP) was established in June 1997 at the University of Siena, with the aim of doing research, analysis, collecting data and promoting advanced training on the problems and processes relating to political change at the sub-national, national and international levels. The academics and founders of the Centre were political scientists, but the Centre also involved the participation of scholars from the main social science disciplines.
After 22 years the Centre has changed its structure and broadened its research scope. The founding partners of the ‘new’ CIRCaP are the Deparment of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Florence, the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pisa, the Department of Social Political and Cognitive Science at the University of Siena, which serves as the administrative coordinator.
CIRCaP’s new structure is an off-spring of the establishment of an international Graduate School which runs a Ph.D program in Political Science, European Politics and International Relations, a joint doctoral initiative of the University of Siena, the Universities of Florence and Pisa, the Pisa-based Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. The programme is taught in English and attended by students from both European and non-European Countries. Within this programme, the Centre regularly accepts Visiting Scholars from Italian and foreign Universities that take part in the teaching activities. Short specialized courses, which are particularly focused on research methodologies, complete the advanced education offered at the Centre.
CIRCaP promotes research activities in the following areas:
a) Comparative analysis of the European political elites and of their recruitment processes
b) Comparative analysis of parliamentary and governmental institutions
c) Comparative study of political behaviour and elections, parties and party systems
d) Analysis of public opinion, with a particular focus on the themes of policy preferences, national and European identity, public’s beliefs on foreign and defence policy issues
e) European studies and analysis of the relationship between domestic politics and the European political system
Data originating from research projects are archived and distributed to the scientific community
News & events
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The Party Politics of Decentralization
Un'Altra Europa è Possibile
The Presidential Republic
Manuale di Scienza Politica
Patterns of isolationism: a quantitative assessment of Italy’s defence and foreign policy from government alternation to ‘grand coalitions’
Framing War: Public Opinion and Decision-Making in Comparative Perspective
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Jean Blondel Tuesday Seminars
Italian Foreign Policy and Domestically-focused Outsider. The Case of Renzi
22 October 2019 h11.00
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>> In evidenza
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Image: Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Effetti del Buon Governo in Città (particolare), 1338-1339. Sala della Pace, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena