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I am a lecturer in public policy in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations. I received my PhD from the University of Pittsburgh (2006). Before I joined Macquarie in July 2017, I taught in the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

I have published on the politics of administrative reform in Italy and Europe, on fiscal federalism and on the political economy of banking.

I am currently working on these projects:

  • Austerity and public administration reform in Europe (with Fabrizio di Mascio, Alessandro Natalini and Edoardo Ongaro). Two articles are currently under review
  • The politics of the liberalization of professions in Southern Europe. For the past three years I have done fieldwork in Greece and an article (with Natalia Papamakariou) is currently under review.


At Macquarie I have taught the following units in the Master of Politics and Public Policy:

POIR900 Policy Design and Practice

POL 822 Studying Public Policy

POIR823 Public Management and Governance

POL 802 Comparative Public Policy

POL 833 Intergovernmental Relations


My most recent articles are:

(2018) “A more German Italy? Competition and the development of relationship lending” Review of International Political Economy Early view at

(2017) (with Alessandro Natalini and Fabrizio Di Mascio) “The Implementation of Administrative Burden Reduction Policy: Mechanisms and contexts in the study of Europeanization” Comparative European Politics 15 (2): 264–285

(2017) (with Davide Galli, Fabrizio Di Mascio Alessandro Natalini, and Edoardo Ongaro) “Learning-shaping Crises in Italy: A Longitudinal Comparison of Public Personnel Reforms, 1992-2014” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 19 (2): 119-138

(2016) (with Mark Hallerberg) “Economic Development, Clientelism and Political Budget Cycles: Evidence from Health Policy in Italy” Journal of European Public Policy 23 (6): 833-850

(2013) (with Alessandro Natalini and Fabrizio Di Mascio) “The Ghost of Crises Past: The Legacy of the Past and the Current Fiscal Crisis” Public Administration 91(1): 17-31.


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