Matteo Laruffa

Matteo Laruffa
LUISS Guido Carli, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali | Luiss · Department of Political Science

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He holds a PhD from LUISS University (Rome). He recently spent one semester as researcher at Humboldt University (Berlin) and one year as Visiting Fellow at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). He is also member of the Council for European Studies (CES) at Columbia University since 2014. He speaks fluently English, Spanish and Italian. He taught a course at Freie Universität of Berlin in the Summer term 2018. Matteo has given lectures and presented papers in several worldwide institutions, such as universities in the U.S.A., Italy, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Finland and U.K.
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Since the election of Donald Trump, the UK Brexit vote in 2016 and moves to right-wing populism in staunchly liberal-democratic European countries, scholars have been debating a crisis in democracy. In this vein, we also repeatedly hear that democracies are in crisis because of ‘challenger’ parties or leaders, and the anti-democratic influence of foreign actors over elections. The trial that politics has placed before many liberal democracies is this: democracies cannot avoid electoral results leading to the power parties and movements who rise up against their institutions, and they must be able to cope with them. This article addresses one of the main overarching research questions of this historical phase: How democracies can protect themselves from more or less harmful electoral results? We first identify the crucial theoretical question, i.e. whether both institutions are under the attack of elected leaders and movements; and then the question of the protection of democracy from its own inner electoral risks. The article moves on to the ambitious attempt to abstract the notion of constitutional democracy by contemplating conceptual aspects that are rigorously enough for enabling us to achieve a more systematic, useful and consistent research of the phenomenon. Keywords: crisis of democracy, democratic defence, institutions, constitution
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September 2015 - June 2019
LUISS Guido Carli, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali
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Since the election of Donald Trump, the UK Brexit vote in 2016 and moves to right-wing populism in staunchly liberal-democratic European countries, scholars have been debating a crisis in democracy. In this vein, we also repeatedly hear that democracies are in crisis because of ‘challenger’ parties or leaders, and the anti-democratic influence of f...
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The article describes a new theoretical framework and empirical method to understand the power of parties within the U.S. Government. Political parties are not simply critical means by which citizens participate in their government, but also foundational to a pluralist political society and play an active role in defending the constitutional princi...
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Since the Seventies, the use of the expression “crisis of democracy” has grown in a confused and improper manner both in political theory and comparative politics. In this sense, the article provides a critical assessment of some of the existing bases of democratic theory that we usually take for granted. It implies to read again the mainstream ide...
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The story of the Polish democracy had represented one of the most well-known examples of successful transition after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The very fact that the regime change was approached by elites, parties and social movements with a pioneering effort towards inclusive dialogue and openness to the Polish society should be considered...
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The widespread use of the name populism has provided inconsistent and conflicting guidance in political science. Though it seems obvious that populism is not a monolithic block, the current academic literature does not distinguish populist movements amongst themselves. The article finds that the populist universe includes benign or innocuous partie...
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The purpose of this paper is to answer to the following research questions: How has European economic governance changed during the years of crisis (2007-2013)? What is the impact of constrained government budgets and their automatic mechanisms of policy-making? The first part of the paper describes the effects of the reforms of the European fiscal...
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This paper was presented to the Research workshop Citizenship and Democracy September 11-12, 2017 at the University of Zurich, Switzerland / XXXI Annual Conference of the Italian Political Science Association, Urbino, 14-16 September 2017 / The 13th Annual Graduate Conference in Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy, the Hebr...
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This paper was presented at the NIGL Amsterdam University 16 November 2016, and selected for the Annual conference "How Can We Govern Europe?", Italian Parliament, Rome, 17 Nov. 2016. This paper was selected also for the workshop "Opposing Europe?", organised by CSEIA and the University of Parma the 20th and 21st of November 2017; the conference "...
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The purpose of the paper is to answer the following research question: how to explain the current crisis of democracy? The paper will first present the current state of both democratic and non-democratic regimes in the world. This will show that even democratization has been one of the main macro-political phenomena of the last century, this trend...
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Matteo Laruffa, who earned his master’s degree at LUISS, has won the Young Academic prize. for the "most promising young person " as part of the annual Progressive Economy Forum in Brussels. The award was given to him for his paper on The European economic governance: problems and proposals for institutional innovations. According to the prize’s c...

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The crisis of democracy has raised a not-entirely understood insidious conundrum. Namely, democracies cannot avoid electoral results leading to the power leaders and movements who rise up against their institutions, and they must be able to cope with them. The trial that politics has placed before many liberal democracies is this: Will democracies be able to cope with populist leaders since democracies cannot avoid them?