Dr Daniele Albertazzi PhD

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Department of Political Science and International Studies
Reader in Politics and PI for “The survival of the mass party” research project, funded by ESRC

Contact details

POLSIS - School of Government
Room 521 Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Albertazzi's main research interests and areas of PG supervision are: European populism and neo-nationalism in comparative perspective, party organisation, Italian politics, and political communication.


  • MA
  • PhD
  • PCLT(HE)


Having graduated from the University of Bologna, Dr Albertazzi completed his doctoral research in political communication at London Metropolitan University and his Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) at Canterbury Christ Church University.  He has taught at both these universities before moving to Birmingham in 2004.


Teaches a module on comparative politics and one on populism in comparative perspective

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Albertazzi is interested in supervising students in the following areas: European populism and neo-nationalism in comparative perspective, party organisation, Italian politics, and political communication.


The major strand of his work has been about populism in Western Europe.  He has 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.  His monograph Populists in Power, co-written with Duncan McDonnell, has been published by Routledge in February 2015. In the same period, his work on Italian politics has led to the publication of a special issue of Modern Italy entitled: 'Berlusconi's Impact and Legacy', which he has co-edited with James Newell.

Dr Albertazzi has also co-edited Twenty-first Century Populism: The Spectre of Western European DemocracyResisting the Tide Cultures of Opposition Under Berlusconi (2001-06) and The Media, An Introduction - Third edition.

Research grants

  • 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'.

Other activities

Dr Albertazzi has convened or co-convened the Political Studies Association's Italian Politics Specialist Group between 2008 and 2019. He as acted as a reviewer for government bodies, publishers, academic journals, and funding organisations. He is a member of the panels "Sociology of Culture" and "Political Science", assessing the quality of the research conducted in Italian Universities on behalf of the National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems. 



  • Populism in Europe: Lessons from Umberto Bossi’s Northern League (with D. Vampa). Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2021.
  • Populists in Power (with D. McDonnell). Routledge, 2015. Funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

Edited Books

  • Populism and New Patterns of Political Competition in Western Europe (with D. Vampa). Routledge, forthcoming 2021.
  • The Media: an Introduction (with P. Cobley). Pearson, 2009.
  • Resisting the Tide: Cultures of Opposition Under Berlusconi (2001-06) (co-edited with C. Brook, C. Ross and N. Rothenberg). Continuum, 2009.
  • Twenty-first Century Populism-The Spectre of Western European Democracy (co-edited with D. McDonnell), Palgrave, 2008.

Edited special issues of Journals

  • 'Italy after the 2013 elections' (with A. Giovannini), special issue of Journal of Modern Italian Studies, (20) 4, 2015.
  • 'Berlusconi's Impact and Legacy' (with J. Newell), special issue of Modern Italy, (20) 1, 2015.
  • 'Italy under Berlusconi' (with D. McDonnell), special issue of Modern Italy, (10) 1, 2005.

Peer-Reviewed International Journal Articles

  • ‘Populist Electoral Competition in Italy: The Impact of Sub-National Contextual Factors’ (with M. Zulianello), Contemporary Italian Politics, (13) 1, 2021.

  • No Regionalism Please, We are Leghisti !’ The Transformation of the Italian Lega Nord Under the Leadership of Matteo Salvini’ (with A. Giovannini & A. Seddone), Regional & Federal Studies, published online on 3rd September 2018.
  • Going, Going,… Not Quite Gone Yet? <<Bossi’s Lega>> and the Survival of the Mass Party’. Contemporary Italian Politics, (8) 1,  2016, pp. 1-16.
  • ‘Introduction: A mountain giving birth to a mouse? On the impact and legacy of Silvio Berlusconi in Italy’ (with J. Newell), Modern Italy, (20) 1, 2015, pp. 3-10.
  • ‘Populism and Liberal Democracy: Populists in Government in Austria, Italy, Poland and Switzerland’ (with Sean Müller), Government and Opposition, (48) 3, 2013, pp. 343-371.
  • Amici fragili: the alliance between the Lega Nord and the Popolo della Libertà as seen by their representatives and members’, Modern Italy, (18) 1, 2013, pp. 1-18.
  • ‘La sfida del populismo alla democrazia liberale’, La Rivista delle Politiche Sociali (Italian Journal of Social Policy), no. 1, 2012, pp. 191-212.
  • Di lotta e di governo: the Lega Nord and Rifondazione Comunista in Office’ (with J. Newell and D. McDonnell), Party Politics, (17) 4, July 2011, pp. 471-487.
  • ‘The Lega Nord Back in Government’ (with D. McDonnell), West European Politics, (33) 6, November 2010, pp. 1318-1350.
  • ‘Reconciling “Voice” and “Exit”: Swiss and Italian Populists in Power’, Politics, (29) 1, February 2009, pp. 1-10.
  • ‘Addressing “the People” - A Comparative Study of the Lega Nord’s and Lega dei Ticinesi’s Political Rhetoric and Styles of Propaganda’, Modern Italy, (12) 3, November 2007, pp. 327–347.
  • ‘The Lega dei Ticinesi: The Embodiment of Populism’, Politics, (26) 2, May 2006, pp. 133-139.
  • ‘“Back to Our Roots” or Self-Confessed Manipulation? The Uses of the Past in the Lega Nord's Positing of Padania’, National Identities, (8) 1, March 2006, pp. 21-39.
  • ‘The Lega Nord in the Second Berlusconi Government: in a League of its Own’ (with D. McDonnell), West European Politics, (28) 5, November 2005, pp. 952-972.
  • ‘Enough Vaccine? The Berlusconi Years’ (with D. McDonnell), Modern Italy, (10) 1, May 2005, pp. 3-8.
  • ‘Discursive Strategies around “Community” in Political Propaganda - the case of the Lega Nord’ (with I. Fremeaux), National Identities, (4) 2, 2 July 2002, pp. 145-160.

Chapters in Edited Books

  • ‘Populism and Liberal Democracy: Populists in Government in Austria, Italy, Poland and Switzerland’ (with S. Mueller), in Mudde, C. (ed. ) The Populist Radical Right: A Reader. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • ‘Introduction’ (with P. Cobley), in Albertazzi, D. and Cobley, P. (eds.) The Media: an Introduction. London: Pearson, 2009, pp. 1-11.
  • ‘The Parties of the Centre Right: Many Oppositions, One Leader’ (with D. McDonnell), in Newell, J. (ed.) The Italian General Election of 2008 – Berlusconi Strikes Back. London: Palgrave, 2009, pp. 102-117.
  • ‘Introduction: This Tide is not for Turning’ (with N. Rothenberg), in Resisting the Tide: Cultures of Opposition Under Berlusconi (2001-06), pp. 1-16.
  • ‘In Bed with the Enemy: Infighting Among Governing Parties and the Return of the Centre’ in Resisting the Tide: Cultures of Opposition Under Berlusconi (2001-06), pp. 59-70.
  • ‘Introduction: The Sceptre and the Spectre’ (with D. McDonnell), in Twenty-first Century Populism-The Spectre of Western European Democracy, pp. 1-11.
  • ‘Switzerland: Yet Another Populist Paradise’, in Twenty-first Century Populism-The Spectre of Western European Democracy, pp.100-118.
  • ‘Conclusions: Populism and Twenty-first Century Western European Democracy’ (with D. McDonnell), in Twenty-first Century Populism-The Spectre of Western European Democracy, pp. 217-223.

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