• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour. Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located in Florence.  

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of  Sciences, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Department of Political and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 


Palazzo Strozzi

Dipartimento di Scienze politico-sociali
Piazza degli Strozzi, 1
50123, FIRENZE


Andrea Pritoni is Assistant Professor in Political Science in the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy), where he teaches ‘Interest groups in modern democracies’ (PhD Program in Political Science and Sociology). He earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Bologna (2010), and spent three different periods of three months as a visiting researcher in the Centre for European Governance at the University of Exeter (2011), in the Observatoire Social Européen of Brussels (2013), and in the Goethe University of Frankfurt (2015). His main research interests are oriented towards Italian politics (governments and parties), interest groups and policy analysis (in particular with respect to the banking policy sector). He has recently published articles on ‘Contemporary Italian Politics’ (2014; 2016), ‘Comparative European Politics’ (2015), and ‘Italian Political Science Review’ (2015; 2017), as well as a monography on the Italian Association of Banks (2015) and an edited volume on the Italian political system (2017).

5 Most recent publications (already published, HARVARD Reference Style):

  1. Lizzi, Renata and Andrea Pritoni (2017), ‘The size and shape of the Italian interest system between the ‘80s and the present day’, Italian Political Science Review, (online publication first: March 2017; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/ipo.2017.3) pp. 1-22.
  2. Pritoni, Andrea, Marco Valbruzzi and Rinaldo Vignati (eds) (2017), La prova del No. Il sistema politico italiano dopo il referendum costituzionale; Soveria-Mannelli (CZ): Rubbettino.
  3. Capano, Giliberto and Andrea Pritoni (2016), ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the ‘most’ reformist one of all? Policy innovation and design coherence of the Renzi government’, Contemporary Italian Politics, Vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 289-302.
  4. Baldini, Gianfranco and Andrea Pritoni (2016), ‘Il Labour da Miliband a Corbyn’, in G. Baldini (eds), La Gran Bretagna dopo la Brexit; Bologna: Il Mulino; pp. 143-163.
  5. Pritoni, Andrea (2016), ‘I primi mesi del governo Cameron II e la responsiveness dell’attività legislativa’, in G. Baldini (eds), La Gran Bretagna dopo la Brexit; Bologna: Il Mulino; pp. 85-103.

5 Relevant previous projects:

  1. Comparative Interest Group Survey – Italy (http://www.cigsurvey.eu/about-us/)
  2. Comparing Governance Regime Changes in Higher Education: systemic performances, national policy dynamics, and institutional responses. A multidisciplinary and mixed methods analysis (PRIN 2015)
  3. Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science (COST CA15207)
  4. Interest Groups in Hard Times (LUISS Guido Carli)
  5. Interest Groups in Italian Politics: A ‘cautious comparison’ across countries and over time (Scuola Normale Superiore)


Comparative politics; Interest groups; Italian politics; Methodology; Higher education policy.