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Nicola Martocchia Diodati is a PhD Candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore. His research interests regard political elites, parties, electoral behaviour, and quantitative methods. In the last years, he has attended several method schools on statistics, programming, game theory and mathematical modelling; during his visiting research at the Informatics Forum at the University of Edinburgh, he has also specialised on Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. He has devised, along with Bruno Marino and Luca Verzichelli, the first “Personalisation of Party Politics Expert Survey”, a project aiming at studying the personalization of politics in Western Europe. He is currently working on the party competition in Western Europe by focusing on the impact of individual cognitive biases on party electoral strategies. His contributions have also appeared on West European Politics, Government and Opposition and Italian Political Science Review, He is also author of several research notes, articles and blog post on the Italian politics. He is currently teaching assistant in Methods for Social Sciences, Political Science and Institution and Decision Making at the University of Milan.


Electoral Behaviour; Party Competition; Political Elites; Party Politics; Quantitative Methods

Five More Recent Publications

  • With Natale, P., Fasano, P. e Capuzzi, F. (2017) Il Partito Mancato. Dieci anni di PD, Torino, Giapichelli Editore.
  • (with Luca Verzichelli) Changing Patterns of Ministerial Circulation: The Italian Case in a Long-term Perspective, West European Politics, forthcoming.
  • Passing Time, Changing Minds? The Determinants of Faction Membership after a Party Fusion, Government & Opposition, forthcoming.
  • (with Luciano Fasano) Dal PD nascenti di Veltroni al PD secondo Matteo di Renzi, Quaderni di Scienza Politica, forthcoming.
  • (with Bruno Marino) ‘What di erence does it make?’ Explaining PD’s electorate and electorate voting behaviour in 2013, Italian Political Science Review, 47(1), 2017, 1-20.