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Dr Monica Poletti, BA (Milan), MRes (Amsterdam), PhD (Milan/Mannheim)

ESRC Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Tel: 020 7882 3101
Location: Arts One 2.24


Monica Poletti

Monica Poletti graduated from the University of Milan and then did her Master of Research in Political Communication at the ASCoR-University of Amsterdam. She holds a PhD (Political Sociology) from the University of Milan on the determinants of social and political participation in Italy, with a special focus on party membership. During her PhD she spent time as a visiting fellow at the MZES (Mannheim Centrum for European Social Research) in Germany.

Since 2010 she has been a research fellow of the COST-Action 'True European Voter' (TEV) project on the influence of context on electoral behaviour in European countries, as well as of the EU General Home Affairs-funded KING project (Knowledge for Integration Governance) on Immigration. After finishing her PhD she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Milan, working on Euroscepticism, populism and Italian voting behaviour (in close collaboration with Italian National Election Studies - ITANES) and has spent time as a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE - Methodology Dept., European Institute and Government Dept.).

Since 2013 she has taught quantitative methods for the social sciences as well as political sociology at the LSE. She moved to Queen Mary in September 2015 to work on the ESRC funded political party members project with Tim Bale and Paul Webb. Monica is also a co-editor of the LSE-based Euro Crisis in the Press blog.

She is interested in research dealing with Political Participation, Electoral Behaviour, Public Opinion, Political Culture and Political Communication.



Research interests:

Monica is interested in all aspects of political participation in Europe, including party membership in Britain, which is the main focus of her ESRC current project at Queen Mary. As well as her ongoing interest in Italian and European countries’ electoral behaviour and politics-related attitudes, she is currently researching Euroscepticism, populism and political culture, and political communication during the economic crisis.


2015 The Cognitive Mobilization of Organizational Participation: Missing Evidence from Italy, 1972-2006. Electoral Studies, 40, 245-255
2015  Renzi’s Honeymoon Effect: The 2014 European Election in Italy. South European Society & Politics, 20: 3, 311-331 (with Segatti,P. & Vezzoni,C.)
2014  Availability or disengagement? How Italian citizens reacted to the two-faced parliamentary grand coalition supporting the Monti government. Polis, 28 (1), 61-84 (with Vegetti, F. & Segatti, P.)
2013  When responsibility is blurred. Italian national elections in time of economic crisis, technocratic government and ever-growing populism. Italian Political Science Review, 43(3), 329-352 (with Vegetti, F. & Segatti, P.)
2013  Political Disaffection: a case study on the Italian Twitter community. Published online on arXiv (with Monti, C., Rozza, A., Zappella, G., Zignani, M. & Ardvisson, A.)
2013  Ciudadanía y tecnopolítica electoral. Ideales y límites burocráticos a la participación digital (Citizenship and electoral techno-politics. Ideas and bureaucratic limits to digital participation). Coherencia, 10 (18), 105-13 (with Sampedro Blanco, V.F. & Duarte, J.M)
2010  Between partisanship & cynicism. Italian journalism in a state of flux. Journalism, 11(3), 1-18 (with Brants, K.).

Book Chapters
2013 ‘La sfida di Scelta Civica al bipolarismo’ (The Civic Choice challenge to the [Italian] two-party system), in Italian National Election Studies - Itanes book series, P. Bellucci and P. Segatti (eds.), Voto Amaro. Disincanto e Crisi Economica nelle Elezioni del 2013. Il Mulino: Bologna. (ISBN 978-88-15-24712-4) (with Segatti, P.)
2011  Cibercampañas, Sociedad Y Cultura Tecnopolíticas. Perfiles De Usuarios De Las Tic En Las Eg 2008 (Cyber-campaign, Society and Techno-Political Culture. ICT user profiles in the 2008 [Spanish] General Elections). In: V. Sampedro (Ed.), Cibercampaña. Cauces Y Diques Para La Participación. Las Elecciones Generales De 2008 Y Su Proyección Tecnopolítica. Madrid: Editorial Complutense, pp. 85-123. (ISBN 978-84-9938-094-0) (with Sampedro, V.)

Other Publications
2014 Party Positioning on Immigration and EU at the 2014 European Parliament Elections. KING project (Funded by the European Commission Directorate) - Desk Research Paper, n. 4-Oct. (with Regalia, M.)
2014 Economic or Cultural Threat? Orientations towards immigration and European integration among EU citizens and national parties over time. KING project (Funded by the European Commission Directorate) - Desk Research Papers, n.5-Jul. (with Regalia, M.)
2014 A legitimization of the Italian government more than a vote for Europe. LSE blog Euro crisis in the Press, May 29th
2012 Has Italy Become A Tocquevillian Democracy? A Longitudinal Study of The Determinants of Social and Political Participation. PhD thesis. AIR-University of Milan Repository.

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