Daniele Caramani

Professor of Comparative Politics

Department of Political Science
University of Zurich
Affolternstrasse 56
8050 Zurich

Phone: +41-44 634 40 10
Room: AFL-H-344
Email: caramani@ipz.uzh.ch

Daniele Caramani has joined the University of Zurich in 2014. He grew up in Milan and Paris and studied political science at the University of Geneva where he has also worked as teaching assistant. He holds a Ph.D. from the European University Institute, Florence, where he subsequently has been Vincent Wright Fellow (Robert Schuman Centre). He has been an assistant professor at the University of Florence, has spent four years at the University of Mannheim (MZES) as a researcher, and has been senior lecturer/reader at the University of Birmingham. From 2006 to 2014 he has been a professor at the University of St. Gallen. In 2020 he has been appointed as Ernst B. Haas Chair at the European University Institute, Florence, where he leads the European Governance and Politics Programme. He is on special leave from the University of Zurich for 2020-2023.

In 2019 and 2020 he is Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra. In the past, he has held fellowships at the EUI, Florence, at Nuffield College, Oxford, and at the Rokkan Centre in Bergen.

He is the author of Elections in Western Europe since 1815: Electoral Results by Constituencies (Palgrave 2000, with CD-ROM), The Nationalization of Politics (Cambridge University Press 2004) for which he has been awarded UNESCO's "Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences", and The Europeanization of Politics (Cambridge University Press 2015). He has authored Introduction to the Comparative Method with Boolean Algebra (Sage, "Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences" 2009), which has been translated into Chinese and Farsi, and edits the textbook Comparative Politics (Oxford University Press 2020, fifth edition, translated into Italian and Croatian). A new co-edited volume on The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy (Routledge 2020) is forthcoming. He regularly publishes articles in scientific journals.

Daniele Caramani is Co-Director of the Constituency-Level Elections Archive which has received the APSA "Dataset Award" in 2012. He is Director of the Doctoral Programme "Democracy Studies".

His research and teaching profile is broadly comparative. It has a strong historical dimension with time series reaching back to the first phases of democratic transition, state building, and industrialization up to the present day. Empirical research is based on comparative and quantitative-statistical methods, and has produced documented datasets and archives which are available to the academic community. It includes work on elections and representation, electoral systems and electoral behaviour, parties and party systems, democratization, state formation and nation-building, methodology, European integration, globalization, regionalism and nationalism, and political geography.

His main contribution has been in the field of the theory of the nationalization and Europeanization of politics. Currently, he works on extending that research with a third monograph on the "globalization" of politics. Further projects include work on technocracy, populism, left-right in global perspective and global voting rights.

Selected publications

Bertsou, Eri and Daniele Caramani (eds.) (2020). The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy. London: Routledge.

Caramani, Daniele (ed.)(2020). Comparative Politics, fifth edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bertsou, Eri and Daniele Caramani (2020). People Haven't Had Enough of Experts: Measuring Technocratic Attitudes among Citizens in Nine European Democracies. American Political Science Journal (Early View).

Caramani, Daniele and Luca Manucci (2019). National Past and Populism: The Re-Elaboration of Fascism and Its Impact on Right-Wing Populism in Western Europe. West European Politics. 42 (6):1159-87.

Caramani, Daniele and Ken Kollman (2017). The Nationalization of Electoral Politics: Frontiers of Research, Special symposium of Electoral Studies, 47: 51-145. 

Caramani, Daniele (2017). Will vs. Reason: The Populist and Technocratic Forms of Representation and Their Critique to Party Government. American Political Science Review 111(1): 54-67.

Caramani, Daniele (2015). The Europeanization of Politics: The Formation of a European Electorate and Party System in Historical Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Caramani, Daniele and Florian Grotz (2015). Voting Rights in the Age of Globalization. Special issue of Democratization 22(5).

Kollman, Ken, Allen Hicken, Daniele Caramani, David Backer, Joel Selway, and Fabricio Vasselai (2014). GeoReferenced Electoral Districts Datasets (Beta). Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan.

Caramani, Daniele, Celis, Karen and Bram Wauters (2014). The Representation of Old and New Cleavages in Europe. In Deschouwer, Kris and Sam Depauw (eds.), Political Representation in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Caramani, Daniele (2012). The Europeanization of Electoral Politics: An Analysis of Converging Voting Distributions in 30 European Party Systems, 1970–2008. Party Politics 18(6): 803–23.

Caramani, Daniele and Oliver Strijbis (2012). Discrepant Electorates: The Inclusiveness of Electorates and Its Impact on the Representation of Citizens. Parliamentary Affairs 65(1): 1–21.

Camia, Valeria and Daniele Caramani (2011). Family Meetings: Ideological Convergence Within Party Families Across Europe, 1945–2009. Comparative European Politics 10(1): 48–85.

Caramani, Daniele (2011). Electoral Waves: An Analysis of Trends, Spread and Swings Across 20 West European Countries 1970–2008. Representation 47(2): 137–60.

Caramani, Daniele (2010). Of Differences and Similarities: Is the Explanation of Variation a Limitation to (or of) Comparative Analysis? European Political Science 9: 34–48.

Caramani, Daniele (2010). Alpine Europe. In: Dyson, K. and A. Sepos (eds.), Which Europe? The Politics of Differentiated Integration. London: Palgrave (pp. 83–98).

Caramani, Daniele (2009). Introduction to the Comparative Method with Boolean Algebra. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences).

Caramani, Daniele (2006). Is There a European Electorate and What Does It Look Like? Evidence from Electoral Volatility Measures, 1976–2004. West European Politics 29(1): 1–27.

Biezen, Ingrid van and Daniele Caramani (2006). (Non)Comparative Politics in Britain. Politics 26(1): 29–37.

Caramani, Daniele and Yves Mény (2005). Challenges to Consensual Politics: Democracy, Identity, and Populist Protest in the Alpine Region. Brussels: P.I.E.-Peter Lang.

Caramani, Daniele (2005). The Formation of National Party Systems in Europe: A Comparative-Historical Analysis. Scandinavian Political Studies 28(4): 295–322.

Caramani, Daniele (2004). The Nationalization of Politics: The Formation of National Electorates and Party Systems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Caramani, Daniele (2003). The End of Silent Elections: The Birth of Electoral Competition, 1832–1915. Party Politics 9(4): 411–43.

Caramani, Daniele (2003). State Administration and Regional Construction in Central Europe: A Historical Perspective. In: Keating, M. and J. Hughes, (eds.), The Regional Challenge in Central and Eastern Europe: Territorial Restructuring and European Integration. Brussels: P.I.E.-Peter Lang (pp. 21–50).

Caramani, Daniele and Guido Legnante (2002). Partecipazione Elettorale e Astensionismo. In: D’Alimonte, R. and S. Bartolini (eds.), Maggioritario Finalmente? La Transizione Elettorale 1994–2001. Bologna: Il Mulino (pp. 131–63).

Caramani, Daniele (2000). Elections in Western Europe since 1815: Electoral Results by Constituencies. London: Palgrave (supplemented with CD-ROM).

Bartolini, Stefano, Caramani, Daniele and Simon Hug (1998). Parties and Party Systems: A Bibliographic Guide to the Literature on Parties and Party Systems in Europe since 1945 on CD-ROM [Supplemented with booklet]. London: Sage.

Caramani, Daniele and Simon Hug (1998). The Literature on European Parties and Party Systems since 1945: A Quantitative Analysis. European Journal of Political Research 33(4): 497–524.

Caramani, Daniele (1996). La Partecipazione Elettorale: Gli Effetti della Competizione Maggioritaria. Italian Political Science Review 26(3): 585–609.

Caramani, Daniele (1996). The Nationalisation of Electoral Politics: Conceptual Reconstruction and Review of the Literature. West European Politics 19(2): 205–24.

Caramani, Daniele (1993). La Perception de l’Impact des Votations Fédérales. In: Kriesi, H. (ed.), Citoyenneté et Démocratie Directe. Zurich: Seismo (pp. 77–98).

Past activities

In the past years Prof. Caramani has been the editor of the Swiss Political Science Review (2007‒2011) and the EJPR Political Data Yearbook (2010‒2012).
He has organized conferences such as the ECPR Joint Sessions in 2011 and the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Political Science Association in 2009, as well as a number of workshops on topics such as political culture and European integration (ECPR Workshop), the nationalization of Central and East European party systems (ECPR Workshop), populism in the Alpine region (EUI Workshop), political rights in the age of globalization (Global Democratic Governance, St. Gallen). Past organized events also include a Symposium in honour of Peter Flora on the occasion of his 65th Birthday, “Comparing the Trajectories of European Societies” (WZB Berlin).