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Gianfranco Pasquino

Gianfranco Pasquino

Senior Adjunct Professor


Gianfranco Pasquino is Senior Adjunct Professor at SAIS Europe and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Bologna. Pasquino was Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna from 1969-2012. He was a member of the Italian Senate from 1983-1992 and from 1994-1996. He served as a parliamentary observer for the plebiscite (1988) and presidential elections (1989) in Chile. He has been awarded five honorary degrees in Political Science, and is a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. Pasquino has also been Fellow of Christchurch and St Antony’s at Oxford. For several years he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Enciclopedia Italiana and President of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica (2010-2013). Since 2005 he is a Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. He received the Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society (CONGRIPS) Life Achievement Award (2016). You can follow him here: or on twitter @GP_ArieteRosso. He is a frequent contributor of articles and reviews to academic journals, policy forums and news outlets. Pasquino is often invited to participate in TV talk shows. Pasquino is very proud of his MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS (1967).



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In the News

Can Mario Draghi prove the savior of Italy?

Gianfranco Pasquino quoted in The National, 02/03

Italy government totters ahead of €200bn EU COVID relief.

Gianfranco Pasquino wrote in EUObserver, 01/15

Beyond Salvini: The rise of Eurosceptic Giorgia Meloni.

Gianfranco Pasquino quoted in EUObserver, 9/8

The EU plan for the economic recovery.

Gianfranco Pasquino interviewed on Forbes DACH, 6/10

Italy pulls out all the stops to tackle coronavirus outbreak.

Gianfranco Pasquino quoted in Global Times, 2/25

The ideal of western liberal democracy and real democracies.

Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies Gianfranco Pasquino wrote in Chinese Political Science Review, 6/3