My research explores the causes and consequences of the territorial structures of political systems, from a comparative perspective across space and time.
Main projects and publications
Why Centralisation and Decentralisation in Federations?
This project measured dynamic de/centralisation across 22 policy and five fiscal categories in six major federations – Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Switzerland, and the United States – since their foundation. It aimed to explain why some federations become more centralised over time while others become more decentralised. I was lead investigator and project manager for this project, the rest of the team included Professor John Kincaid (co-PI, Lafayette College, USA), Professor Alan Fenna (Curtin University, Australia), Professor André Kaiser (University of Cologne, Germany), Professor André Lecours (University of Ottawa, Canada), Dr Ajay Kumar Singh (Hamdard University, India), Dr Sean Mueller (University of Berne, Switzerland), and Stephan Vogel (University of Cologne, Germany). It was funded by the Leverhulme Trust (grant no. IN-2013-044), the Swiss National Science Foundation (grant no. IZK0Z1_155030), and the Forum of Federations.
Dardanelli, P., J. Kincaid, A. Fenna, A. Kaiser, A. Lecours, A. K. Singh, S. Mueller and S. Vogel. 2019. Dynamic De/Centralization in Federations: Comparative Conclusions. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 49/1: 194-219.
Dardanelli, P., J. Kincaid, A. Fenna, A. Kaiser, A. Lecours, and A. K. Singh. 2019. Conceptualizing, Measuring, and Theorizing Dynamic De/Centralization in Federations. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 49/1: 1-29.
Dardanelli, P. and S. Mueller. 2019. Dynamic De/Centralization in Switzerland, 1848-2010. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 49/1: 138-65.
Dardanelli, P., J. Kincaid, A. Fenna, A. Kaiser, A. Lecours, A. K. Singh, S. Mueller and S. Vogel. De/Centralisation Dataset 1790-2010. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Service, doi: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-853510
European Integration and State Restructuring
This project investigated the causal connections between European integration and processes of state restructuring in Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, from 1950 to today. It was funded by the James Madison Trust.
Dardanelli, P. 2017. Restructuring the European State – European Integration and State Reform. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press
Dardanelli, P. 2014. European Integration, Party Strategies, and State Restructuring: a Comparative Analysis. European Political Science Review 6/2: 213-36
Dardanelli, P. 2012. Europeanization and the Unravelling of Belgium: a Comparative Analysis of Party Strategies. Acta Politica 47/2: 181-209
Federalism, Nationality, and Democracy in Switzerland
This project investigated the nature and evolution of Swiss federalism from a comparative perspective. It dealt with a number of aspects, including its relevance for the evolving confederalism of the EU, the degree to which it is challenged by Europeanisation, its connections with democracy and with national identity. It was funded by Presence Switzerland, the Institut d’Estudis Autonòmics (now Institut d’Estudis de l’Autogovern), and the British Academy (grant no. OCG-44396).
Dardanelli, P. 2011. Multi-lingual but Mono-national – Exploring and Explaining Switzerland’s Exceptionalism. In Ferran Requejo and Miquel Caminal (eds), Federalism, Plurinationality, and Democratic Constitutionalism – Theory and Cases. Abingdon: Routledge
Dardanelli, P. and N. Stojanović. 2011. The Acid Test? Competing Theses on the Nationality-Democracy Nexus and the Case of Switzerland. Nations and Nationalism 17/2: 357-76
European Integration and Devolution in Scotland
This project investigated whether and to what extent European integration influenced the demand for self-government in Scotland between the 1970s and the 1990s. It was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the London School of Economics.
Dardanelli, P. 2013 . Between Two Unions: Europeanisation and Scottish Devolution. Manchester: Manchester University Press
Dardanelli, P. 2005. Democratic Deficit or the Europeanisation of Secession? Explaining the Devolution Referendums in Scotland. Political Studies 53/2: 320-42
Dardanelli, P. 2009. Europeanization as Heresthetics: Party Competition over Self-Government for Scotland, 1974-97. Party Politics 15/1: 49-68
2018-date. Johanna Schnabel. An Instrument of Centralisation? The Politics of Conditional Grants in Federal States. British Academy-funded Newton International Fellowship.
2019-date. Carles Ferreira Torres. Secessionist Party Strategies. PhD in Comparative Politics.
2017-date. Bizuneh Getachew Yimenu. Regional Autonomy in Ethiopia. PhD in Comparative Politics.
2016-date. Kieran Wright. Regional Nationalism and Party Competition. PhD in Comparative Politics.
2015-19. Guillermo Reyes Pascual. Party Competition over the Centre-Periphery Cleavage. PhD in Comparative Politics.
2014-15. Meng Zhu. Religion and National Identity in China. Visiting doctoral reseacher in Comparative Politics from Peking University, China.
2009-13. Tom Vandenkendelaere. The Evolution of Polish-German Relations in the Context of EU Enlargement: the Limits to Europeanisation. PhD in International Relations. Career destination: Member of the European Parliament.
2009-13. Sean Mueller. Why Centralisation? A Comparative Analysis of the Swiss Cantons. PhD in Politics & Government, awarded without corrections. Career destination: Swiss National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Berne, Switzerland.
2006-07. Weiqing Song. Europeanisation of National Foreign Policy: the EU and UK’s Relations with China. Main supervisor. Visiting doctoral researcher in International Relations from the University of Siena, Italy. Career destination: Associate professor, University of Macao.
2007-09. Rebecca Casson. Incentives, Opportunities and Constraints in Local Government Paradiplomacy: a Case Study of the Kent-Virginia Project. MA-R in Politics & Government, awarded without corrections. Career destination: CEO, Committee for Geelong, Australia.