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Giovanni Capoccia is Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.

His research focuses on institutionalism, democratization, and comparative and European politics, and has been recognized with several awards, including, among others, the American Political Science Association Best Book in European Politics (for his Defending Democracy: Responses to Extremism in Interwar Europe, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), the Sage Award for the Best Paper in Comparative Politics, and the Mary Parker Follett Award for the Best Article in Poltics and History. He is the co-editor of a special double issue of Comparative Political Studies, entitled The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies, which develops a new framework for the study of democratization in Europe and beyond. He is currently working on a monograph provisionally entitled Setting the Boundaries of Democracy. Policy Responses to the Extreme Right in Postwar Western Europe, where he analyzes why Western European democracies after 1945 have adopted different policies to respond to the challenge of the extreme right.

Prof. Capoccia is the holder of a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2014-2017). He has held a British Academy Senior Research Fellowship, and has been the Rita E. Hauser Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, a Visiting Scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Law in Heidelberg, and at the Center for European Studies at Harvard. His research has also been supported by the Nuffield Foundation, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), and various other national and international funding agencies.

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