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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. 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. 

The key-words that best define my research are regulation, Europeanization, policy learning and research design. In June 2016 the European Research Council awarded an advanced grant for the project PROTEGO - Procedural Tools for Effective Governance. This project (2016-2020) will collect original data on procedural regulatory instruments in 28 countries of the European Union, and produce new analyses of how combinations of regulatory instruments affect trust in government, the control of corruption, and ease of business. It will be carried out by me and Dr Claire Dunlop, Co-PI at Exeter and Dr Alessia Damonte at the University of Milan. The project is supported by a small team of researchers and by an International Advisory Team with experts in administrative law, regulation and methods. PROTEGO is my second ERC advanced grant. It follows Analysis of Learning in Regulatory Governance 2009-2013 - a project 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.

I was 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.

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). In the past, I 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, in 2016-2017 I convene the core Module in the MA in European Politics (POLM606) and a very popular third-year interdisciplinary 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 will be taught in March 2017.