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Dr. Diego Garzia studied at the Universities of Rom "Sapienza" (BA, MSc) and Leiden (MA). After receiving his PhD in 2012 in "Comparative and European Politics" from the University of Siena, he was appointed the 2-year "Jean Monnet Fellowship" at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He has held visiting doctoral positions in the Universities of Oxford and Cologne, as well as a visiting professorship at the "Pompeu Fabra" University of Barcelona. In 2015 he was provided the national habilitation as Associate Professor by the Italian Ministry of University and Research. 

He currently serves as founding convenor of the ECPR Research Network on Voting Advice Applications (VAAs) and as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian National Election Study (ITANES).

In his ongoing research project "Personalization of Politics between Television and the Internet" funded by an AMBIZIONE Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2017-2019) he investigates the extent to which political leaders have come to affect voters' choice as well as the role played by old and new media in driving this development across time.


Curriculum Vitae Diego Garzia

List of Publications Diego Garzia


Major Fields of Research and Related Projects and Publications

Personalization of Politics and Electoral Change

 Dr. Garzia's research activity focused on the drivers of voters' choice in Western Europe, with particular reference to the personalization of politics and its effects on voting behavior at the individual level. His research on the topic has resulted in a monograph published in 2014 for Palgrave Macmillan and numerous papers in highly-ranked international journals. These works show that voter's evaluation of party leaders has progressively turned into a crucial determinant of identification with their parties. If the endogenous status of party identification is taken into account, and properly modelled within the voting equation, leaders appear to matter increasingly for the way individuals vote and, often, the way elections turn out.


  • Book "Personalization of Politics and Electoral Change"
  • Article "Can Candidates' Image Win Elections? A Counterfactual Assessment of Leader Effects in the Second Italian Republic" (in Journal of Political Marketing)
  • Article "Changing Parties, Changing Partisans. The Personalization of Partisan Attachments in Western Europe" (in Political Psychology)
  • Article "Partisanship, Leader Evaluations and the Vote: Disentangling the New Iron Triangle in Electoral Research" (in Comparative European Politics)
  • Article "The Rise of Party/Leader Identification in Western Europe" (in Political Research Quarterly)
  • Article "The Personalization of Politics in Western Democracies: Causes and Consequences on Leader-Follower Relationships" (in The Leadership Quarterly)
  • Article "Issues and leaders as vote determinants: The case of Italy" (in Party Politics) 
  • Article "Party and Leader Effects in Parliamentary Elections: Towards a Reassessment" (in Politics)

    Political Communication - Media and Voting

    This field corresponds to an extensive research on political communication and the connection between (new) media and voting. Here, Dr. Garzia works comprehensively on internet-based Voting Advices Applications (VAAs) and VAA-generated data. Featuring the biggest number of European experts on the topic ever assembled, the 2014 volume Dr. Garzia has co-edited for ECPR Press provides the most comprehensive overview of the VAA-phenomenon in a truly comparative perspective. 



    • Book "Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates. Voting Advice Applications in a Comparative Perspective"
    • Book "Voting Advice Applications in Europe. The State of the Art"
    • Article "Europe's Voting Space and the Problem of Second-Order Elections: A Transnational Proposal" (in European Union Politics)
    • Article "Party Placement in supranational elections. An introduction to the euandi 2014 dataset" (in Party Politics)
    • Article "Systèmes d'Aide au Vote et Comportement politique: Tour d'horizon" (in Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée)
    • Article "Voting Advice Applications Under Review: The State of Research" (in International Journal of Electronic Governance)


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    (working, research, annual) report, expert opinion, expertise

    Review, Editorial, Letter in a Journal


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