Dr Paolo Dardanelli

Reader in Comparative Politics
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Dr Paolo Dardanelli


Dr Dardanelli has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, the University of Cologne, Germany, the University of Berne, Switzerland, and the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain. 

His research explores the causes and consequences of the territorial structures of political systems. It has been funded by the ESRC, the British Academy, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the São Paulo Research Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Forum of Federations, the Institut d’Estudis Autonòmics, Presence Switzerland, and the James Madison Charitable Trust

Dr Dardanelli is the lead investigator behind the De/Centralisation Dataset (DcD), and is the author of Restructuring the European State (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017), Between Two Unions: Europeanisation and Scottish Devolution (Manchester University Press, 2005), and articles in European Political Science Review, Political Studies, Acta Politica, Swiss Political Science Review, Party Politics, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Regional and Federal Studies, Local Government Studies and Nations and Nationalism, among others. 

Dr Dardanelli has advised the UK Cabinet Office, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Scottish Parliament, the City of London Corporation, the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK, Switzerland’s Conference of Cantonal Governments, and has collaborated with the OECD and the Forum of Federations.

Research interests

  • De/centralisation
  • Federalism
  • Democracy
  • Nationalism 





Dr Dardanelli is interested in supervising research in comparative politics, in particular projects related to de/centralisation, federalism, democracy, and nationalism.

Past PhD students

  • Carles Ferreira Torres. Why Independence? Trends, Causes and Effects of Secessionist Parties' Discourse. Co-supervisor. PhD in Comparative Politics.
  • Bizuneh Getachew Yimenu. Implementing Federalism in a Developing Country: the Case of Ethiopia, 1995-2020. Main supervisor. PhD in Comparative Politics.
  • Kieran Wright. Party Competition in Post-Devolution Scotland. Co-supervisor. PhD in Comparative Politics.
  • Guillermo Reyes Pascual. Party Competition over the Centre-Periphery Cleavage. Main supervisor. PhD in Comparative Politics.
  • Tom Vandenkendelaere. The Evolution of Polish-German Relations in the Context of EU Enlargement: the Limits to Europeanisation. Main supervisor. PhD in International Relations.
  • Sean Mueller. Why Centralisation? A Comparative Analysis of the Swiss Cantons. Co-supervisor. PhD in Politics & Government.
  • Gulay Duba. Federalism and Conflict Management in Multi-Ethnic Societies: the Case of Cyprus. 2nd supervisor. PhD in Politics & Government.


Professional appointments 

  • Member, International Advisory Board, Swiss Political Science Review
  • University of Kent’s Official Representative, European Consortium for Political Research

Membership of professional associations 

  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • International Political Science Association (IPSA)
  • Advance HE
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