Cicchi, Lorenzo

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    Biographical Note

    Lorenzo Cicchi (Ph.D. IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, 2013) is research associate at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute, where he coordinates the activities of the European Governance and Politics Programme (EGGP). He is also adjunct professor at California State University in Florence and teaching assistant at the Department of Political Science of the University of Pisa. Previously he was coordinator of the Observatory on Political Parties and Representation (OPPR) and post-doctoral researcher at Fondazione Luigi Einaudi in Rome. His current project aims at studying the trends of party positioning and political dimensions in Europe between 2009 and 2019 using data from Voting Advice Applications (VAAs). In addition to his research agenda, he has an extensive experience in preparation of calls for funding and project management of national and international projects, most recently Horizon 2020-funded DiCE (consortium led by the EUI, 2020-2023) and InDivEU (consortium led by EUI, 2019-22); Spaceu2019 and euandi2019 (EUI and University of Luzern, 2018-2019); PartAdapt (University of Pisa, 2018-19); PAIRDEM (University of Oslo, 2016-17).

    Research Interests

    European Union politics and institutions, political parties, elections and voting behaviour, voting advice applications


    • Reiljan, A., Ferreira da Silva F., Cicchi, L., Garzia, D. and Trechsel, A. H. (2020). ‘EU Profiler/euandi trend file (2009-2019)’, EUI Research Data, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Retrieved from Cadmus, European University Institute Research Repository
    • Trechsel, A. H., Garzia, D. and Cicchi, L. (2019) ‘euandi 2019 dataset’, EUI Research Data, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies,  Retrieved from Cadmus, European University Institute Research Repository

    Selected Publications


    Edited Books

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

    Other Publications, Conference Papers and Working Papers

    • Reiljan, A. and Cicchi, L. (2019) ‘Elezioni e spazio politico Europeo: una breve analisi di polarizzazione e logiche regionali’, EUreka! Blog post
    • Michel, E., Cicchi, L., Garzia, Ferreira Da Silva, F. and Trechsel, A. H. (2019), ‘euandi2019: project description and datasets documentation’, EUI RSCAS Working Paper Series 2019/61, European University Institute, ISSN: 1028-3625
    • Coticchia, F., Calossi, E. and Cicchi, L. (2018) ‘A reality check for students? How participating to the Model United Nations influences skills, IR perceptions, and perspectives on future career’, paper presented at the 12th ECPR General Conference, Universität Hamburg
    • Cicchi, L., Garzia, D. and Trechsel, Alexander H. (2017) ‘Mapping Parties’ Position on Foreign and Security Issues in the EU, 2009-2014’, paper prepared for the Workshop on Party Politics of Foreign and Security Policy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    • Cicchi, L. and Calossi, E. (2017) ‘Partiti Europei e Gruppi Politici al Parlamento Europeo: le implicazioni organizzative del loro rapporto di potere ideologico e comportamentale’, paper presented at the XXXI symposium of the Italian Society of Political Science (SISP), Urbino
    • Cicchi, L. and Calossi, E. (2017) ‘European Political Parties vs. European Parliament Political Groups: the organizational implications of their behavioral and ideological balance of power’, paper presented at the 11th ECPR General Conference, University of Oslo
    • Cicchi, L. (2017) ‘The European Parliament’s political groups: between high cohesion and recurrent breakdowns’, PADEMIA Research Notes on Parliamentary Democracy 3/2017,
    • Cicchi, L. and Garzia, D. (2017) ‘Evidence suggests that issues may have mattered more than expected in the 2016 US presidential elections’, London School of Economics and Political Science, US Centre’s daily blog on American Politics and Policy
    • Cicchi, L. and Garzia, D. (2017) ‘Partisanship and issue preferences in the 2016 US presidential elections’, paper presented at the Roundtable on Financial and Institutional Cost of Politics, University of Pisa
    • Cicchi, L., Coticchia, F. and Moro, F. N. (2016) ‘Through military lenses. Security perceptions and learning in the case of Italian armed forces’, paper presented at the XXX symposium of SISP, University of Milan
    • Cicchi, L., Dzankic, J. and Garzia, D. (2015) ‘EUDO Annual Report 2015’, Fiesole: European University Institute
    • Cicchi, L. (2013) ‘The Logic of Voting Behaviour in the European Parliament: New Insights on Party Group Membership and National Affiliation as Determinants of Vote’, Ph.D. dissertation, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca
    • Cicchi, L. (2013) ‘The logic(s) of voting behaviour in the European Parliament: new insights on party groups membership and national affiliation’, paper presented at the XXVII symposium of SISP, University of Florence
    • Cicchi, L. (2012) ‘MEPs’ Voting Behaviour and Legislative Committees: is Nationality a Weak Predictor of Vote? A Critical Oriented Analysis of Roll-Call Votes’, paper presented at the 8th Annual Graduate Conference in Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy in Memory of Yitzhak Rabin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • Cicchi, L. (2012) ‘What really goes on inside the European Parliament? An analysis of opinions of MEPs’ assistants on party cohesion and voting behaviour’, original data presentation paper
    • Cicchi, L. (2011) ‘Voting Behaviour in the European Parliament: are MEPs really Parliamentary Agents with Two Principals?’, working paper
    • Cicchi, L. (2011) ‘Party Groups in the European Parliament, Cohesiveness and MEPs’ Survey Data’, working paper
    • Cicchi, L. (2010) ‘The democratic deficit of the European Union. Origin, dimensions, and possible solutions to build a more democratic Europe’, working paper