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