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 and political economy, 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 with Claire Dunlop (Exeter) and Alessia Damonte (Milan). Jonathan Kamkhaji is our senior researcher and data steward. The project is supported by a 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  Claire Dunlop, Oliver Fritsch (now at Leeds University), and research fellows, including Jonathan Kamkhaji - with Jonathan we went on to publish a paper on new microfoundations for policy learning. This project allowed me to contribute to theory building in the field of policy learning and to work on the narrative policy framework - now my NPF interests include a theoretical contribution in Critical Policy Studies (with Mike Jones) and a co-authored chapter on the NPF in the new edition of Theories of the Policy Process (2017). You can read the story of how I got from Alreg to Protego in this 2017 article.

Turning to knowledge utilization, over the last four years I advised the OECD, the World Bank and the European Commission in different ways. 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. With Claire Dunlop, I organized a research session for the Regulatory Scrutiny Board of the Commission in May 2017 to showcase the findings of a series of recent research projects carried out by interdisciplinary teams.

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 next time in March 2018.