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The development of political science in Germany and Italy and the challenge of democratization in the 1950s and 1960s
His main research interests lie in German History, History of European Integration, Cold War, Comparative History, Intellectual history. His current research project aims to produce a comparative analysis of the history of political science in Germany and Italy in the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on its relationship to democratization processes. The central assumption is that the development and institutionalization of political science, as it occurred in Germany and Italy after World War II, represents a vantage point from which to analyze, and maybe re-think, the transition to democracy in postwar Europe, with reference both to the changes it precipitated in “high culture”, and to the way the emergence of a democratic political culture was shaped by a specific group of intellectuals who had a close relation to politics.