Luigi Marini

Luigi Marini

Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics
University College, University of Oxford

DPhil (PhD) Candidate in Politics
Nuffield College, University of Oxford


I am a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at University College, Oxford and a DPhil (PhD) Candidate at Nuffield College and the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford. Previously, I studied at the University of Essex and the University of Florence.

My research focuses on political representation and party competition, particularly in spatial terms, and on the role of social divisions and structure in politics. I have been studying changes in the policy platforms and ideological programs of political parties, social cleavages, party brands, and partisan alignments of political parties and voters.

I am also interested more broadly in questions on electoral politics and voting behaviour, electoral systems and electoral reform, democracy and state formation.

My work focuses on advanced industrial democracies, in both their contemporary and historical developments, with particular attention to Western Europe, and I primarily use quantitative methods.

Feel free to email me if you want to discuss my research or you are interested in talking about these and other topics.


Working Papers

“Moving on Quicksand: The Effect of Social Structural Changes on Party Policy Shifts”

“The Politics of Party Colours: Use and Perception of Non-Verbal Cues of Ideology”

“Political Dimensionality and Party Policy Shifts: A Deductive Approach to Two-Dimensional Scaling of Party Manifesto Data”

“Red Down the Pits: The Legacy of Government Policy and Strike Activity on Political Alignments”


I teach comparative politics, focusing on causal theories and empirical evidence in the study of political structures and institutions, attitudes and behaviours.

Specifically, at Univ, I teach the first-year course Introduction to the Practice of Politics and the second-year core courses in Comparative Government and Political Sociology, as well as further options on Politics in Europe, to undergraduate students doing Philosophy, Politics and Economics and History and Politics degrees. I have also previously taught the politics of the European Union and quantitative methods in politics and sociology.

Please visit the University of Oxford intranet (WebLearn) or contact me by email for details and teaching material.