Welcome to my personal site. I am a political scientist specialised in comparative federalism and territorial politics, including but not limited to regional and local governments in Switzerland and Europe:
  • As of September 2013, I will be based at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Berne.
  • On 7 May 2013, I successfully defended my doctoral thesis (pass with no corrections) on "Why Centralisation? A Comparative Analysis of the Swiss Cantons", supervised by Prof. Michael Burgess and Dr. Paolo Dardanelli, at the University of Kent.
  • Since summer 2011, I also act as secretary and co-convenor of the Swiss Political Science Association's working group on "Federalism and Territorial Politics", together with Oscar Mazzoleni (Uni Lusanne) and Philippe Koch (Uni Zurich).
On this page you find a brief personal section and much longer academic areas. First off, my Publications are listed; then there are sections on my ongoing Research, Summer Schools I am involved in and Teaching engagements. Feedback, whether on papers or the site itself, is most welcome. Thank you very much,


  • (With Daniele Albertazzi) "Populism and Liberal Democracy: Populists in Government in Austria, Italy, Poland and Switzerland",Government & Opposition 48:3 (June 2013), pp. 343–371. Special issue in memory of G. Ionescu, ed. by Ingrid van Biezen & Helen Wallace.