The major strand of my work has been about populism in Western Europe. I have also published on party organisation, Italian politics, Swiss politics, and the communication strategies, styles of propaganda and mass media use of political parties in contemporary Europe. My monograph Populists in Power, co-written with Duncan McDonnell, has been published by Routledge in February 2015. In the same period, my work on Italian politics has led to the publication of a special issue of Modern Italy entitled: 'Berlusconi's Impact and Legacy', which I have co-edited with James Newell.
I have also co-edited Twenty-first Century Populism: The Spectre of Western European Democracy, Resisting the Tide Cultures of Opposition Under Berlusconi (2001-06) and The Media, An Introduction - Third edition.
9 August 2018. Research Grant (£ 898,820). Awarding body: Economic and Social Research Council. Co-investigators: Stijn van Kessel (Queen Mary University) and Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham). Title: ‘The survival of the mass party: Evaluating activism and participation among populist radical right parties in Europe’.
- 19 March 2007. Large grant (£84,891). Awarding body: British Academy (submitted with Charlotte Ross and Clodagh Brook). Title: 'Resisting the Tide: Cultures of Opposition During the Berlusconi Years'.
- 18 July 2007. Extension of research leave (£29,063). Awarding body: AHRC. Title: 'Populists in Power: Rhetoric and Communication Strategies'.
- 26 June 2008. Research grant (£62,478). Awarding body: The Leverhulme Trust (submitted with Duncan McDonnell). Title: 'Regionalist vs. Nationalist Populists in Power: Actions and Reactions'.