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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 https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2018.1480514

(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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Research Outputs

  • 5 h-Index
  • 13 Article
  • 10 Chapter
  • 1 Commissioned report
Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Border clashes: the distributive politics of professional liberalisation in Greece, 2010–2018

    Stolfi, F. & Papamakariou, N., 29 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Public Policy.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Clientelism and political budget cycles

    Stolfi, F., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Clientelism and democratic governance in comparative perspective. Ruth, S. & Spirova, M. (eds.). Colchester: ECPR Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Too big to fail? The dynamics of EU influence and fiscal consolidation in Italy and Spain (2008–2016)

    Badell, D., Di Mascio, F., Natalini, A., Ongaro, E., Stolfi, F. & Ysa, T., 2 Sep 2019, In : Public Management Review. 21, 9, p. 1307-1329 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    A more German Italy? Competition and the development of relationship lending

    Stolfi, F., 2018, In : Review of International Political Economy. 25, 4, p. 553-572 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)