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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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Telecommunications and transnationalism: the polarization of social space

Stolfi, F. & Sussman, G., 2001, In : Information Society. 17, 1, p. 49-62 14 p.

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