Photograph of Giovanni Capoccia





Recent talks 
and lectures

Working papers





Crest of Oxford University

Selected publications 

(See CV for full list) 

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The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies (co-editor: D. Ziblatt), special double issue of Comparative Political Studies, n. 8/9, August-September 2010. 

Defending Democracy: Reactions to Extremism in Interwar Europe, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005, pages 352 (paperback 2007, kindle 2011)

    [Winner, 2006 Best Book in European Politics Award of the American Political Science Association]

Unified Germany between Continuity and Renewal: Electoral and Party System in the Process of German Reunification (in Italian), Rome, Bulzoni, 1995, pages 490. 

Articles and Book Chapters

Trying Perpetrators: Denazification Trials and Support for Democracy in West Germany” (with G. Pop-Eleches), Comparative Politics, Vol. 56, 2, January 2024, 197-218. Appendix..

"Democracy and Retribution: Transitional Justice and Regime Support in Post-War West Germany" (with G. Pop-Eleches), Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 53, n. 3/4, March 2020, pp. 399-433. Methodological Appendix, Replication Materials.  

"Militant Democracy and the Study of Political Tolerance", in Kirshner, Alexander, and Anthoula Malkopoulou (eds.), Militant Democracy and its Critics. Populism, Parties, Extremism, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2019, pp. 133-149.

"When Do Institutions Bite? Historical Institutionalism and the Politics of Institutional Change", Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 49, n. 8, June 2016, pp. 1095-1127.

"Critical Junctures", in Fioretos, Orfeo, Falleti, Tulia, and Adam Sheingate (eds.), Oxford Handbook of HIstorical Institutionalism, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 95-108

"Critical Junctures and Institutional Change", in Mahoney, James, and Kathleen Thelen (eds.), Advances in Comparative Historical Analysis, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 147-179 

"The Study of Democratization and the Arab Spring" (with A. Ahmed), Middle East Law and Governance, 6, 1, 2014. pp. 1-39

"Militant Democracy. The Institutional Bases of Democratic Self-Preservation", Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 9, 2013, pp. 207-226.

When State Responses Fail: Religion and Secessionism in India 1952-2002” (with L. D. Saez and E. de Rooij), The Journal of Politics, 74, 4, October 2012, pp. 1010-1022. Methodological Appendix, Replication Materials

"The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies: A New Research Agenda for Europe and Beyond" (with D. Ziblatt), Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 43, n. 8/9, July-August 2010, pp. 931-968. 

   [Winner, 2011 Mary Parker Follett Award for the Best Article in Politics and History, awarded by the American Political Science Association, Politics and History Section] 

    [Winner, 2010 Best Paper in Comparative Democratization, awarded by the American Political Science Association, Comparative Democratization Section]

“Germany’s Response to 9/11: The Importance of Checks and Balances”, in Crenshaw, Martha (ed.) The Consequences of Counterterrorist Policies in Democracies, New York, Russell Sage Foundation, 2010, pp. 285-334.

“The Study of Critical Junctures: Theory, Narrative and Counterfactuals in Historical Institutionalism” (with R. D. Kelemen), World Politics, April 2007, pp. 341-369.

    [Winner, 2008 Alexander George Award for the Best Journal Article Developing and Applying Qualitative and Multiple Methods, awarded by the American Political Science Association, Qualitative and Multi-Methods Section]

    [Winner, 2006 Sage Award for the Best Paper Developing and Applying Qualitative Methods, awarded by the American Political Science Association, Qualitative Methods Section]

Defence of Democracy against the Extreme Right in Inter-war Europe. A Past still Present?", in Eatwell, R. and C. Mudde, (eds.), Western Democracies and the New “Extremist” Challenge, London, Routledge, 2003, pp. 83-107.

Hebrew version of “Defending Democracy: Strategies of Reaction to Political Extremism in Inter-War Europe”, State and Society, N. 1, 2003.

“Legislative Responses to Extremism. The ‘Protection of Democracy’ in the First Czechoslovak Republic 1920-1938”, East European Politics and Societies, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2002, pp. 691-734.

“The Political Consequences of Electoral Laws: the German System at Fifty”, West European Politics, Vol. 25, No. 3, July 2002, pp. 173-204.

“Anti-system Parties: A Conceptual Reassessment”, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Vol. 14, No. 1, January 2002, pp. 9-35.

“Defending Democracy: Strategies of Reaction to Political Extremism in Inter-War Europe”, European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 39, No. 4, June 2001, pp. 431-460.

"Proportional representation and first-past-the-post election in the German electoral system" (in Italian), Quaderni di Scienza Politica, Vol. 7, No. 2, August 2001, pp. 99-163.

"Redistricting in Germany: Relevant Legislation and Political Importance" (in Italian), Nomos. Le Attualità del Diritto, Vol. 3, No. 2-3, May-December 1998, pp. 29-56.

Other Publications (Op-eds, professional blogs, policy briefs, newsletters, etc.) 

"Notes from the Classroom: Dissecting and Reconstructing Case Studies", Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, forthcoming 2023.

"Macron's Gamble on Pension Reform", The Loop -- ECPR Political Science Blog, 27 March 2023.

Brief for the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, "The Italian Elections of 2022: What Will They Mean for the EU?", 29 September 2022. pdf

"Italian general elections:The far right sweeps to power under Giorgia Meloni", The Loop -- ECPR Political Science Blog, 29 September 2022

Op-ed "La llamada de atención de Biden", El Pais (Spain), 15 September 2022. (English version "Biden's wake-up call" here).
"Italy's odd turn to the right", The Loop – ECPR Political Science Blog, 14 September 2022.

"The Italian Elections and the Threat to European Integration", The Loop – ECPR Political Science Blog and OxPol Blog, 24 August 2022

Op-ed "France's elections weakened Macron and strengthened Le Pen", Washington Post, The Monkey Cage, 21 June 2022.

"Can Marine Le Pen win the French Presidency?", The Loop – ECPR Political Science Blog and OxPol Blog, 5 April 2022

"An increasingly Eurosceptic French electorate threatens the EU", The Loop – ECPR Political Science Blog, November 2021

Preface to Michal Kubát and Martin Mejstřík (eds.) Giovanni Sartori: Challenging Political Science, London, Rowman & Littlefield/ECPR Press, 2019, pp. vii-xi.

Deferred Automatic Disclosure: Ensuring Data Access and Protecting the ‘Right to First Use’Newsletter of the International History and Politics Organized Section, American Political Science Association, Winter 2016, 1 (2), 8-10.

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