Pamela Pansardi

Role: Professore Associato
Telephone: +39 0382 984365




Laboratorio interdisciplinare di progettazione, analisi e valutazione delle politiche pubbliche [a.y. 2019/2020]
Organizzazione politica europea [a.y. 2019/2020]
Regional integration and public policy [a.y. 2019/2020]

Office hours

Giovedì dalle 16.15 alle 17.45.

Academic curriculum

Pamela Pansardi is Associate Professor in Political Science. Previously, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Pavia and Principal Investigator of the two-year research project “Gender and Power in Italian Politics” (funded by a Blue Sky Young Investigator Grant – University of Pavia) which focuses on the investigation of gender inequalities in power and representation in the Italian political system.
Since 2012, she is a member of the Executive Board of the Research Committee on Political Power - RC36 ( of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). Since 2018, she is founding chair (with Licia Claudia Papavero) of the Standing Group on Gender and Politics ( of the Italian Political Science Association.
She obtained her PhD in Political Science from the University of Pavia in 2011 with a thesis entitled The Concept of Power: An Analysis. During her PhD studies, she has been Visiting Scholar at New York University (2008) and Australian National University (2010).
Before returning to the University of Pavia in December 2017, she has been Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Milan (2016-2017) working for the project REScEU “Reconciling Economic and Social Europe: Values, Ideas, and Politics” ( funded by the European Research Council (Advanced Grant no. 340534) and led by Prof. Maurizio Ferrera, Research Fellow at the Centro Einaudi, Turin (2015-2016), Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pavia (2012-2013), and Adam Smith Guest Professor at the University of Bayreuth (2012).
She received the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor of Political Science in October 2018.

Recent publications

(With H. Mueller), 'Rhetoric and Leadership: A Comparison of Female Vice-Presidents of the European Commission (1999-2019)', in H. Mueller and I. Toemmel (eds), Female Leadership in the European Union, Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

(With P. D. Tortola), 'A “more political” Commission? Reassessing EC politicization through language", Journal of Common Market Studies, forthcoming.

(With P. Vesan), 'Speaking Social Europe: A paradigmatic shift in the European Commission Presidents’ social policy discourse?', Journal of European Social Policy, 31(4), 2021, 365-379.

'Why we do need a concept of power', Journal of Political Power, 14(2), 2021, 301-312.

(With M. Bindi), 'The new concepts of power? Power-to, power-over, power-with', Journal of Political Power, 14(1), 2021, pp. 51-71.

'Il concetto di legittimità fra teoria e ricerca empirica', Il Politico, 1, 2021, pp. 103-121.

(With L. Pinto), 'Candidate selection procedures and women's representation in Italy', Italian Political Science, 15(3), 2020, pp. 1-16.

(With L. Pinto), 'Gender penalty and electoral outcomes in the 2018 Italian elections’, Contemporary Italian Politics, 12(3), 2020, pp. 300-313.

(With P. D. Tortola), 'The charismatic leadership of the European Central Bank presidency. A language-based analysis’, European Journal of Political Research, 58, 2019, pp. pp. 96-116.

'A ‘more political’ leadership for the President of the Commission? A mixed-methods language-based analysis', in J. Hien and C. Joerges (eds), Responses of European Economic Cultures to Europe's Crisis Politics: The Example of German-Italian Discrepancies. European University Institute: Florence, 2018, pp. 201-213.

(With F. Battegazzorre),'The discursive legitimation strategies of the President of the Commission: a qualitative content analysis of the State of the Union Addresses (SOTEU)', Journal of European Integration, 40(7), 2018, pp. 853-871.

Potere. Un'analisi concettuale. Carocci: Roma, 2018.

‘It is better to be powerful and lucky. Keith Dowding’s theory of power between agency and structure’, Journal of Political Power, 10(3), 2017, pp. 390-394.

(With F. Arcostanzo),‘Social media e analisi del contenuto’, in P. Natale e M. Airoldi (eds), Web & Social media: le tecniche di analisi, Apogeo: Milano, 2017, pp. 33-46.

(With M. Vercesi), ‘Party Gate-Keeping and Women’s Appointment to Parliamentary Committees: Evidence from the Italian Case’, Parliamentary Affairs , 70(1), 2017, pp. 62-83.

(With F. Battegazzorre), ‘Which legitimacy for the European Union? An analysis of the President of the Commission’s State of the Union Addresses (SOTEU), REScEU Project Working Paper Series, 8/2016, 16 Sept. 2016.

'Sergio Fabbrini, Which European Union? Europe after the Euro Crisis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015'. LSE Review of Books, 23 May 2016,

'Democracy, Domination, and the Distribution of Power: Substantive Political Equality as a Procedural Requirement', Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 70(275), 2016, pp. 91-108.

(With E. Biale), Republicanism between Democracy and Justice (with a Symposium on Philip Pettit’s ‘On the People’s Terms’), Special issue of Philosophy and Public Issues, 5 (2), 2015.

'Republican Democracy and the Priority of Legitimacy over Justice', Philosophy and Public Issues, 5 (2), 2015, pp. 43-57. Reply by Philip Pettit ‘On the People’s Terms. A Reply to Four Critiques’, Philosophy and Public Issues, 5 (2), 2015, pp. 79-97.

'Il declino del parlamento e la funzione legislativa', Il Politico, 2/2015, pp. 28-49.

'La giustificazione della democrazia: il proceduralismo degli ideali', Quaderni di Scienza Politica, XVII (3), 2014, pp. 417-435.

'A Non-normative Theory of Power and Domination', Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 16 (5), 2013, pp. 614-633.

‘On Abilities and Power Again: A Reply to Peter Morriss’, Journal of Political Power, 5 (3), 2012, pp. 495-499.

‘Power and Freedom: Opposite or Equivalent Concepts?’, Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 59 (132), 2012, pp. 26-44.

‘Power to and Power over: Two Distinct Concepts of Power?’, Journal of Political Power, 5 (1), 2012, pp. 73-89. Reply by Peter Morriss, ‘A Response to Pamela Pansardi’, Journal of Political Power, 5 (1), 2012, pp. 91-99.

‘Power To and Power Over’, in Dowding K. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Power, Sage, Thousand Oaks (CA), 2011, pp. 521-524.

‘Power With', in Dowding K. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Power, Sage, Thousand Oaks (CA), 2011, pp. 527-528.

'Legitimation', in Dowding K. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Power, Sage, Thousand Oaks (CA), 2011, pp. 382-384.