Giuseppe Ciccolini is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) at the European University Institute (EUI). He holds a two-year MRes in Political science from Sciences Po (Paris), a MA in European studies from Sciences Po Strasbourg and a BA in Political and social sciences from University of Bologna.
His main research interests are comparative politics, political behaviour and social inequality. He is currently working on a PhD dissertation about the relation between socio-economic inequalities and electoral behaviour in Europe, under the supervision of Prof. Juho Härkönen (EUI), Prof. Ellen Immergut (EUI) and Prof. Nonna Mayer (Sciences Po). His project is funded by a four-year scholarship from the EUI and the French Ministry of National Education.
His first work investigates the role of status loss experience in explaining populist radical right voting. Specifically, it demonstrate that voters whose social class has experienced a loss in relative economic standing feature higher chances of voting for a
populist radical right party.
Such standing is measured by relying on a novel index of the relative income position of one’s social class in relation to the rest of society. All in all, this study confirms that individidual-level populist far right voting does have an economic origin, although the mechanism behind this has a rather cultural nature.
His analyses rely on quantitative methods fit to large scale cross-national datasets (e.g., ESS, EVS, EU-SILC) as well as to longitudinal ones (e.g., SOEP). He has worked as a teaching assistant at Sciences Po and EUI. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, he worked as a MP assistant trainee at the European Parliament.
Native Italian speaker, he is fluent in English and French. He has a working and conversational knowledge of Spanish, as well as a basic knowledge of Russian.