In a first line of research, I study how criminal groups influence politics, both directly - attacking politicians - and indirectly, discouraging competent individuals from entering into politics. In this line, I also evaluate policies aimed at fighting criminal organizations and avoiding misappropriation of public funds by criminals.
Media: The Guardian, Royal Economic Society, Lavoce.info, IlFattoQuotidiano.it, Kurier
A second line of work focuses on the "dark side" of politics. I show how corruption scandals affect politicians and parties strategic behavior. I also study the role of dynastic politicians in the political arena.
Media: La7 - l'Aria che tira (min. 45), LaRepubblica, Corriere del Mezzogiorno, Il Giornale
My research interests include also topics related to preferences for European Integration, culture, social capital and the informal sector.