Professor of Comparative Politics
Department of Political Science
University of Zurich
Daniele Caramani has joined the University of Zurich in 2014. He grew up in Milan and Paris and studied political science at the University of Geneva where he has also worked as teaching assistant. He holds a Ph.D. from the European University Institute, Florence, and subsequently has been Vincent Wright Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of the EUI. He has been an assistant professor at the University of Florence, has spent four years at the University of Mannheim (MZES) as post-doctoral researcher and later as research professor, and has been a reader at the University of Birmingham. From 2006 to 2014 he was a professor at the University of St. Gallen.
He is the author of Elections in Western Europe since 1815: Electoral Results by Constituencies (Palgrave 2000, with CD-ROM) and The Nationalization of Politics (Cambridge University Press 2004) for which he has been awarded UNESCO's "Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences". A research monograph on The Europeanization of Politics has just been published (Cambridge University Press 2015). He has authored Introduction to the Comparative Method with Boolean Algebra (Sage, "Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences" 2009), which has been translated into Chinese and edits the textbook Comparative Politics (Oxford University Press 2017, fourth edition, translated into Italian and Croatian). He regularly publishes articles in scientific journals.
Daniele Caramani is Co-Director of the Constituency-Level Data Archive which has received the APSA "Dataset Award" in 2012. He is Director of the Doctoral Programme "Democracy Studies".
His research and teaching profile is broadly comparative. It has a strong historical dimension with time series reaching back to the first phases of democratic transition, state building, and industrialization up to the present day. Empirical research is based on comparative and quantitative-statistical methods, and has produced documented datasets and archives which are available to the academic community. It includes work on elections and representation, electoral systems and electoral behaviour, parties and party systems, democratization, state formation and nation-building, methodology, European integration, globalization, regionalism and nationalism, and political geography.
His main contribution has been in the field of the theory of the nationalisation of politics in Western Europe. Current projects − partly financed through SNF-NCCR grants − extend the analysis horizontally (in Central and Eastern Europe) and vertically (the formation of a supra-national party system in the European Union), in particular with the new monograph on “Europeanization”, and a planned research project on “the globalization of politics”.
Caramani, Daniele and Luca Manucci (under review). National Past and Populism: The Re-Elaboration of Fascism and Its Impact on Right-Wing Populism in Western Europe.
Caramani, Daniele (forthcoming). Will vs. Reason: The Populist and Technocratic Forms of Representation and Their Critique to Party Government. American Political Science Review. doi: 10/1017/S0003055416000538.
Caramani, Daniele (2015). The Europeanization of Politics: The Formation of a European Electorate and Party System in Historical Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Caramani, Daniele (2015). From Nationalization to Europeanization. Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago.
Kollman, Ken, Allen Hicken, Daniele Caramani, David Backer, Joel Selway, and Fabricio Vasselai (2014). GeoReferenced Electoral Districts Datasets (Beta). Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan.
Caramani, Daniele (ed.)(2014). Comparative Politics, third edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Caramani, Daniele, Celis, Karen and Bram Wauters (2014). The Representation of Old and New Cleavages in Europe. In Deschouwer, Kris and Sam Depauw (eds.), Political Representation in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Caramani, Daniele (2012). The Europeanization of Electoral Politics: An Analysis of Converging Voting Distributions in 30 European Party Systems, 1970–2008. Party Politics 18(6): 803–23.
Caramani, Daniele and Oliver Strijbis (2012). Discrepant Electorates: The Inclusiveness of Electorates and Its Impact on the Representation of Citizens. Parliamentary Affairs 65(1): 1–21.
Camia, Valeria and Daniele Caramani (2011). Family Meetings: Ideological Convergence Within Party Families Across Europe, 1945–2009. Comparative European Politics 10(1): 48–85.
Caramani, Daniele (2011). Electoral Waves: An Analysis of Trends, Spread and Swings Across 20 West European Countries 1970–2008. Representation 47(2): 137–60.
Caramani, Daniele (2010). Of Differences and Similarities: Is the Explanation of Variation a Limitation to (or of) Comparative Analysis? European Political Science 9: 34–48.
Caramani, Daniele (2009). Introduction to the Comparative Method with Boolean Algebra. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences).
Caramani, Daniele (2006). Is There a European Electorate and What Does It Look Like? Evidence from Electoral Volatility Measures, 1976–2004. West European Politics 29(1): 1–27.
Caramani, Daniele and Yves Mény (2005). Challenges to Consensual Politics: Democracy, Identity, and Populist Protest in the Alpine Region. Brussels: P.I.E.-Peter Lang.
Caramani, Daniele (2004). The Nationalization of Politics: The Formation of National Electorates and Party Systems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Caramani, Daniele (2000). Elections in Western Europe since 1815: Electoral Results by Constituencies. London: Palgrave (supplemented with CD-ROM).
Bartolini, Stefano, Caramani, Daniele and Simon Hug (1998). Parties and Party Systems: A Bibliographic Guide to the Literature on Parties and Party Systems in Europe since 1945 on CD-ROM [Supplemented with booklet]. London: Sage.
In the past years Prof. Caramani has been the editor of journals such as the Swiss Political Science Review (2007‒2011) and the EJPR Political Data Yearbook (2010‒2012).
He has organized conferences such as the ECPR Joint Sessions in 2011 and the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Political Science Association in 2009, as well as a number of workshops on topics such as political culture and European integration (ECPR Workshop), the nationalization of Central and East European party systems (ECPR Workshop), populism in the Alpine region (EUI Workshop), political rights in the age of globalization (Global Democratic Governance, St. Gallen). Past organized events also include a Symposium in honour of Peter Flora on the occasion of his 65th Birthday, “Comparing the Trajectories of European Societies” (WZB Berlin).