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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 and teaching interests focus on democratization, political extremism, theories of institutional development, and European politics. He is the author of two monographs, including  Defending Democracy: Responses to Extremism in Interwar Europe (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), which was awarded the APSA Prize for the Best Book in European Politics. He is also 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. His work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, and World Politics, among other outlets. He has been the recipient of APSA's Sage Award for the Best Paper in Comparative Politics, the Mary Parker Follett Award in Politics and History, the Award for the Best Paper in Comparative Democratization, the Alexander George Award for the Best Article in Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, and the Sage Award for the Best Paper in Qualitative and Multi-Method Research. He has been the Rita E. Hauser Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, a Visiting Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Law in Heidelberg (Germany), and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard and at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. His research has also been supported by the British Academy (Senior Research Fellowship), the Leverhulme Trust (Major Research Fellowship), the Nuffield Foundation, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), the Italian Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), and various other national and international funding agencies. He has just completed a collaborative project on the impact of denazification in West Germany, and is currently working on two projects: a co-edited volume on the strategies to counter illiberalism and backsliding, provisionally entitled Back from the Brink: Countering Illiberalism in Liberal Democracies; and a monograph, provisionally entitled Setting the Boundaries of Democracy. Responses to the Extreme Right in Postwar Europe where he analyzes why Western liberal democracies after 1945 have adopted different legal, judicial, and political responses to the extreme right.

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