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Professor Giovanni  Capoccia

Giovanni Capoccia

Fellow and Tutor, University Lecturer (CUF) in Politics, Professor of Comparative Politics

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Giovanni Capoccia is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, a member of the Department of Politics and International Relations, and a faculty associate of the Oxford Center for the Study of Inequality and Democracy. He has held a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship, and in 2006-2007 he was the Rita E. Hauser Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include comparative politics, theories of political institutions, democratization, democracy and extremism, European politics, and political methodology. His work in these areas has earned him six awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA). Among these are the 2006 Best Book in European Politics and Society for his Defending Democracy: Responses to Extremism in Interwar Europe (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), and the 2011 Best Paper in Comparative Politics, for a paper from his current project Reshaping Democracy After Authoritarianism.

Professor Capoccia's research agenda focuses on the comparative and historical analysis of institutions, especially in the context of democratization and responses to extremism in democracies. His most recent book is the co-edited collection The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies, which appeared as a special double issue of the journal Comparative Political Studies in August 2010. The volume proposes a new framework for the study of democratization that centers on the analysis of the historical development of democratic institutions, with a focus on Europe between the 1810s and the 1970s. He also just completed a collaborative project analyzing the effectiveness of state responses to secessionist movements in India after independence. The findings have been published in The Journal of Politics. He is currently working on a project called Reshaping Democracy after Authoritarianism, which develops a new theory of why post-authoritarian democracies adopt different responses to extremism, with a particular emphasis on European democracies since 1945.

His College teaching concentrates on comparative and European politics: German politics, Comparative Politics, Political Sociology, and European politics. In the Department of Politics and IR, Prof. Capoccia teaches both comparative politics and methodology mainly to graduate students in the Comparative Government M.Phil. He supervises both M.Phil. and D.Phil. students working in his areas of interest.

Major Publications

The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies (co-edited with D. Ziblatt), special double issue of Comparative Political Studies, August/September 2010, Vol 43, 8/9.

Defending Democracy: Reactions to extremism in Interwar Europe, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005, pages 352 (paperback, 2007)

Unified Germany between Continuity and Renewal. The German Electoral and Party Syetem during the Process of National Reunification (in Italian), Rome, Bulzoni, 1995.

Articles and book chapters (selection)
"Militant Democracy. The Institutional Bases of Democratic Self-Preservation", Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 2013.

"When State Responses Fail: Religion and Secessionism in India 1952-2002" (with L. D. Saez and E. de Rooij), The Journal of Politics, October 2012, Vol. 74, 4, p.1010-1022.

"The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies: A New Research Agenda for Europe and Beyond" (with D. Ziblatt), Comparative Political Studies, August/September 2010, Vol. 43, n. 8/9, p. 931-968

"Germany's Response to 9/11: The Persistence of Constitutional Traditions", in M. Crenshaw (ed.) The Consequences of Counterterrorist Policies in Democracies, New York, Russell Sage Foundation, 2010.

"The Study of Critical Junctures: Theory, Narrative and Counterfactuals in Institutional Theory" (with R. D. Kelemen, Oxford University), World Politics, April 2007, p. 341-369.

"Anti-system Parties: A Conceptual Reassessment", Journal of Theoretical Politics, Vol. 14, No. 1, January 2002, p. 9-35.

"Defending Democracy: Strategies of Reaction to Political Extremism in Inter-War Europe", European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 39, No. 4, June 2001, pp. 431-460. [Hebrew version published in 2003 in State and Society]




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