I am a political scientist, currently at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Bologna. The overarching theme of my work is the development and breakdown of relationships of authority. My research interests fall into three broad issue areas.

The first has to do with the formation of collective preferences: specifically, I am interested in how legitimacy works, and in the role phenomena such as charismatic communities and ideologies such as nationalism play in the construction of political consent. My current research project falls into this category.

The second issue area concerns power techniques for the governance of populations, with a particular emphasis on territoriality, technology policy, and surveillance.

The third pertains to contemporary dynamics of violence, in terms both of the changing nature of war and of domestic regime fragility.

I have also written on the history of political thought (especially of the late 19th and early 20th centuries), with a focus on processes of transition to modernity such as nation-building, mass political representation, and revolutionary change.

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Matteo Giglioli

Research on politics