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Professor Claudio Radaelli

PhD in Political Science, University of Florence


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Telephone: 01392 723176

Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy, Director, Centre for European Governance

Welcome to my home-page! 

I am the Anniversary Chair in Politics, Director of the Centre for European Governance ( and since September 2014 Jean Monnet Chair in Political Economy. I am the author of one of the three REF case studies for Politics-Exeter on the impact of his research on the OECD, World Bank and European Commission. In 2015 Claire Dunlop and I launched Policy Exchange to support public engagement in the field of European public policy. Recently I contributed to the development of the OECD framework for regulatory policy evaluation with an expert paper and co-production of knowledge with the OECD delegates in meetings and working parties.

The Anniversary Chair in Politics was created in 2004 by the University of Exeter to promote international excellence in comparative policy analysis, with an inter-disciplinary orientation. This is a privileged position for someone who thinks that the most exciting problems in public policy are addressed by interdisciplinary teams. My idea of "team" covers colleagues in Politics, Law and Economics, as well as my doctoral students and research fellows. Research students should be prepared for their ‘adult’ life – thus they work on their dissertations but also take part in specific policy projects, offer training to regulators, animate discussion forums, and, when appropriate, interact with policy-makers. My previous doctoral students work at the European Commission, Ceps-Brussels and research-led universities in the UK and overseas. As a team, we provide research papers, training, and advice to the World Bank, the European Commission, the OECD and several European governments.

My most recent completed research project is Analysis of Learning in Regulatory Governance funded by the European Research Council for the period 2009-2013 carried out with  Dr Claire Dunlop, Dr Oliver Fritsch (now at Leeds University), and a small team of research associates. This project allowed me to contribute to theory building in the field of policy learning and to new empirical and theoretical explorations of the narrative policy framework.

Apart from learning and regulation, I also have an interest in research design. Dr. Theofanis Exadaktlylos and I published a large co-edited volume on  Research Design in European Studies, looking at how to establish the causal effects of European Union public policy and politics on domestic political systems (Palgrave, 2012). With two oustadning Swiss colleagues, Prof. Fabrizio Gilardi and Dr. Martino Maggetti, I authored a book on Research Design in the Social Sciences (Sage, Dec. 2012). Recently I also worked on the topic of governance architectures, with a special issue on the Lisbon Agenda of the European Union (Journal of European Public Policy, 2011, co-edited with Professor Susana Borras). With Susana we engaged in a research programme on modes of governance in Europe, publishing policy-relevant articles for the Swedish Centre for European Policy Studies and later in academic journals and books.

In terms of teaching, this year I convene the core Modules we offer in the MA in European Politics and a third-year module on Markets, Regulation and Europeanization (POL3081). I also contribute to our Masters in Public Administration with a Module on Regulatory Reform: Analysis and Practice which is taught in Spring.