School of Social and Political Science

Dr Davide Vampa

Job Title

Senior Lecturer in Territorial Politics

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Research interests

Research interests

Comparative research on the following themes:

Territorial politics and public policy (including local and regional levels)

Multi-level party politics (elections, programmes, organisations)

Populism (right-wing and left-wing)

Social Democracy 


Davide joined PIR in 2024. He is Senior Lecturer in Territorial Politics and co-director of the Centre on Constitutional Change. 

He completed his doctorate in Political Science at the European University Institute in 2015. Additionally, he holds an MPhil in European Politics and Society from Oxford (2011), an MA in European Studies from King's College London (2009), and a BA in History from the University of Milan (2007).

Before joining PIR, Davide worked at various UK universities, including LSE, SOAS, the University of Nottingham, De Montfort University, and Aston University.

His work focuses on territorial politics and public policy, transformations in democratic representation, the rise of populism, and the crisis of social democracy. Davide has authored three books and co-edited one. His articles have been published in a wide range of international journals, including Government and Opposition, Party Politics, Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Territory Policy and Governance, Local Government Studies, Regional & Federal Studies, Publius, Representation, Journal of Contemporary European Studies and Political Research Exchange

Publications by user content

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Giovannini A, Seddone A, Vampa D. Territorial Governance in Times of Crisis: Regional Responses, Communication and Public Opinion in Italy During the Covid-19 Pandemic. Palgrave Macmillan, 2024. 134 p.
Scantamburlo M, Vampa D, Turner E. The costs and benefits of governing in a multi-level system. Political Research Exchange. 2024;6(1):1-22. 2309178. Epub 2024 Jan 31. doi: 10.1080/2474736X.2024.2309178
Vampa D (Author). Spain avoids the Italian scenario London School of Economics. 2023.
Giovannini A, Valbruzzi M, Vampa D. The 2022 Italian general election: A political shock or the new normal? Italian Journal of Electoral Studies. 2023 Jun 9;86(1):3-11. doi: 10.36253/qoe-14809
Giovannini A, (Guest ed.), Valbruzzi M, (Guest ed.), Vampa D, (Guest ed.). The 2022 Italian general election. Italian Journal of Electoral Studies. 2023 Jun 9;86(1).
Vampa D (Author). Is Spain set to follow in Italy’s footsteps? London School of Economics. 2023.
Vampa D. Multi-level political change: Assessing electoral volatility in 58 European regions (1993-2022). Party Politics. 2023 May 15;1-14. Epub 2023 May 15. doi: 10.1177/13540688231176052
Vampa D. Brothers of Italy: A New Populist Wave in an Unstable Party System. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2023. 141 p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-26132-9
Vampa D. Italy: Populism and business in a stagnant economy. In Feldman M, Morgan G, editors, Business and Populism: The Odd Couple. Oxford University Press. 2023. p. 118-137 doi: 10.1093/oso/9780192894335.003.0006
Giovannini A (Author), Vampa D (Author). Boom to bust: Where next for Matteo Salvini’s League? The Loop - ECPR. 2022.
Vampa D (Author). Giorgia Meloni's Radical Right Party triumphs in Italy's shattered political landscape Manchester University Press Blog/Political Studies Association. 2022.
Turner E, Vampa D, Scantamburlo M. From zero to hero? The rise of Olaf Scholz and the SPD. German Politics and Society. 2022 Sept 1;40(3):127-147. doi: 10.3167/gps.2022.400307
Vampa D. [Review of] Comparative health systems: A new framework by Federico Toth, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2021. xiii + 294 pp, £26.99 (pbk), ISBN 978-1-108-74531-4-4, Regional Studies. 2022;56(8):1418-1419. Epub 2022 Jun 16. doi: 10.1080/00343404.2022.2074473
Vampa D. [Review of] Federalism and Constitutional Law: The Italian Contribution to Comparative Regionalism, edited by Erika Arban Giuseppe Martinico, and Francesco Palermo. London and New York: Routledge, 2021. 232 pp., $47.95. Publius: The Journal of Federalism. 2021 Nov 2;52(1):e5-e7. doi: 10.1093/publius/pjab038
Gray C, Turner E, Vampa D. Decentralization and subnational politics in Western Europe. In Lago I, editor, Handbook on Decentralization, Devolution and the State. Edward Elgar. 2021. p. 171-195. (Elgar Handbooks in Political Science). doi: 10.4337/9781839103285.00017
Vampa D. COVID-19 and territorial policy dynamics in Western Europe: Comparing France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Publius: The Journal of Federalism. 2021 Oct;51(4):601-626. Epub 2021 Jun 28. doi: 10.1093/publius/pjab017
Albertazzi D, Vampa D. Populism in Europe: Lessons from Umberto Bossi's Northern League. Manchester University Press, 2021. 192 p.
Toubeau S, Vampa D. Adjusting to austerity: The public spending responses of regional governments to the budget constraint in Spain and Italy. Journal of Public Policy. 2021 Sept;41(3):462-488. Epub 2020 May 19. doi: 10.1017/S0143814X20000094
Bolgherini S, Vampa D. Populism and representation at the regional and local levels. In Callanan M, Loughlin J, editors, A Research Agenda for Regional and Local Government. Edward Elgar. 2021. p. 149-162. (Elgar Research Agendas). doi: 10.4337/9781839106644.00015
Vampa D, Gray C. Assessing and explaining the diverging trajectories of territorial parties and politics in Italy and Spain (2008‐2018). Swiss Political Science Review. 2021 Mar;27(1):84-106. Epub 2020 Oct 29. doi: 10.1111/spsr.12419
Vampa D. The United Kingdom. In Albertazzi D, Vampa D, editors, Populism and New Patterns of Political Competition in Western Europe. 1st ed. London: Routledge. 2021. p. 206-230. (Routledge Studies in Extremism and Democracy). doi: 10.4324/9780429429798-13
Albertazzi D, Bonansinga D, Vampa D. Introduction. In Albertazzi D, Vampa D, editors, Populism and New Patterns of Political Competition in Western Europe. 1st ed. London: Routledge. 2021. p. 1-15. (Routledge Studies in Extremism and Democracy). doi: 10.4324/9780429429798-1
Vampa D, Albertazzi D. Conclusion. In Albertazzi D, Vampa D, editors, Populism and New Patterns of Political Competition in Western Europe. 1st ed. London: Routledge. 2021. p. 269-288. (Routledge Studies in Extremism and Democracy). doi: 10.4324/9780429429798-16
Albertazzi D, (ed.), Vampa D, (ed.). Populism and New Patterns of Political Competition in Western Europe. 1st ed. London: Routledge, 2021. (Routledge Studies in Extremism and Democracy). doi: 10.4324/9780429429798
Albertazzi D, Bonansinga D, Vampa D. The strategies of party competition: A typology. In Albertazzi D, Vampa D, editors, Populism and New Patterns of Political Competition in Western Europe. 1st ed. London: Routledge. 2021. p. 50-70. (Routledge Studies in Extremism and Democracy). doi: 10.4324/9780429429798-4
Vampa D. The 2020 regional elections in Italy: Sub-national politics in the year of the pandemic. Contemporary Italian Politics. 2021;13(2):166-180. Epub 2021 Apr 15. doi: 10.1080/23248823.2021.1912301
Vampa D, Scantamburlo M. The 'Alpine Region' and political change: Lessons from Bavaria and South Tyrol (1946-2018). Regional and Federal Studies. 2021;31(5):625-646. Epub 2020 Feb 12. doi: 10.1080/13597566.2020.1722946
Vampa D. Translating votes into seats and offices: Changing representation and government in the Italian Regions (2018-2020). Contemporary Italian Politics. 2021;13(4):485-505. Epub 2021 Sept 5. doi: 10.1080/23248823.2021.1969490
Giovannini A, Vampa D. Towards a new era of regionalism in Italy? A comparative perspective on autonomy referendums. Territory, Politics, Governance. 2020 Aug 7;8(4):579-597. Epub 2019 Mar 11. doi: 10.1080/21622671.2019.1582902
Vampa D. Competing forms of populism and territorial politics: The cases of Vox and Podemos in Spain. Journal of Contemporary European Studies. 2020 Jul 2;28(3):304-321. Epub 2020 Feb 20. doi: 10.1080/14782804.2020.1727866
Vampa D (Author). Yet another crisis: Italy and COVID-19 PSA Blog. 2020.
Vampa D (Author), Toubeau S (Author). The regional politics of austerity after the Great Recession: What lessons can we learn from Italy and Spain? Cambridge Core blog. 2020.
Vampa D (Author). The territorial politics of coronavirus: Is this the hour of central government? Democratic Audit UK. 2020.
Vampa D, Giovannini A. Autonomia differenziata come processo dal basso: I referendum regionali in prospettiva comparata. Economia e società regionale. 2020 Jan 1;2019(3):71-81. doi: 10.3280/ES2019-003007
Vampa D. Developing a new measure of party dominance: Definition, operationalization and application to 54 European regions. Government and Opposition. 2020 Jan;55(1):88-113. Epub 2018 Jun 19. doi: 10.1017/gov.2018.12
Drapalova E, Vampa D. The decline of traditional partisanship in Spanish municipalities: Corruption, inequality and territorial mobilisation. Representation: Journal of Representative Democracy (JRD). 2018 Nov 5;54(4):349-365. doi: 10.1080/00344893.2018.1539029
Vampa D. Il centrodestra a guida leghista. In Valbruzzi M, Vignati R, editors, Il vicolo cieco: Le elezioni politiche del 4 marzo 2018. Il Mulino. 2018. p. 57-77. (Ricerche e studi dell'Istituto Carlo Cattaneo).
Vampa D (Author). What's happening in Italy? Populism, continuity and change PSA Blog. 2018.
Vampa D. Matteo Salvini's Northern League in 2016: Between stasis and new opportunities. Italian Politics. 2017 Sept 1;32(1). doi: 10.3167/ip.2017.320104
Vampa D. From national to sub-national? Exploring the territorial dimension of social assistance in Italy. Journal of Social Policy. 2017 Apr 1;46(02):269-289. Epub 2016 Sept 26. doi: 10.1017/S0047279416000659
Vampa D, Vignati R. I partiti e le campagne del NO. In Pritoni A, Valbruzzi M, Vignati R, editors, La prova del No: Il sistema politico italiano dopo il referendum. Rubettino. 2017. p. 75-92. (Varia).
Mcdonnell D, Vampa D. The Italian Lega Nord. In Heinisch R, Mazzoleni O, editors, Understanding Populist Party Organisation. Palgrave Macmillan. 2016. p. 105-129. (Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology). doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-58197-6_5
Vampa D. The Regional Politics of Welfare in Italy, Spain and Great Britain. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 259 p. (Comparative Territorial Politics). doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-39007-9
Vampa D. Declining partisan representation at the sub-national level: Assessing and explaining the strengthening of local lists in Italian municipalities (1995–2014). Local Government Studies. 2016 Jul 3;42(4):579-597. Epub 2016 Feb 16. doi: 10.1080/03003930.2016.1146137
Vampa D. Il centrodestra: C’è ma non si vede. In Valbruzzi M, Vignati R, editors, Cambiamento o assestamento? Le elezioni amministrative del 2016. Bologna: Istituto Carlo Cattaneo. 2016. p. 297-308. (Misure/Materiali di Ricerca dell'instituto Cattaneo).
Vampa D. Local representative democracy and protest politics: The case of the Five-star Movement. Contemporary Italian Politics. 2015 Sept 11;7(3):232-250. doi: 10.1080/23248823.2015.1087120
Vampa D. The 2015 regional election in Italy: Fragmentation and crisis of subnational representative democracy. Regional and Federal Studies. 2015 Aug 14;25(4):365-378. doi: 10.1080/13597566.2015.1074073
Vampa D. The sub-state politics of welfare in Italy: Assessing the effect of territorial mobilization on the development of region-specific social governance. Regional and Federal Studies. 2014 Aug 8;24(4):473-491. Epub 2014 May 29. doi: 10.1080/13597566.2014.909812