• 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


Mattia Guidi is assistant professor in political science at Scuola Normale Superiore since 2017. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Political Sciences, LUISS Guido Carli, from 2013 to 2017. Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin (2012–13). He got his Ph.D in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (2012). He has given courses, seminars and lectures in various universities and institutions, including Collegio Carlo Alberto, King’s College London, James Madison University, University of Turin, European University Institute. His research focuses on delegation and institutions, independent regulatory agencies, EU competition policy and EU public policies in general. He has published articles on several international journals, including JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Regulation & Governance, European Political Science Review, Acta Politica, Comparative European Politics, and book chapters for the publishers Palgrave MacMillan and Routledge. His monograph “Competition policy enforcement in EU member states” (2016) is published by Palgrave MacMillan in the European Administrative Governance series.

5 Most recent publications

  1. Karagiannis, Y., & Guidi, M. (2017). Principal-agent models and EU policy-making. In N. Zahariadis & L. Buonanno (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of European Public Policy (pp. 15–24). London; New York: Routledge.
  2. Schoeller, M., Guidi, M., & Karagiannis, Y. (2017). Explaining Informal Policy-Making Patterns in the Eurozone Crisis: Decentralized Bargaining and the Theory of EU Institutions. International Journal of Public Administration. https://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2017.1295266
  3. Guidi, M. (2016). Competition Policy Enforcement in EU Member States: What Is Independence for? Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  4. Guidi, M., & Karagiannis, Y. (2016). Social democratic parties and antitrust policy: evidence from Western Europe (2002–13). European Political Science Review, 8(4), 495–515. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755773915000156
  5. Guardiancich, I., & Guidi, M. (2016). Formal independence of regulatory agencies and Varieties of Capitalism: A case of institutional complementarity? Regulation & Governance, 10(3), 211–229. https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12080

Relevant research projects:

  1. “Varieties of regulatory capitalism: beyond institutional complementarities?” (2016–)
  2. “Beyond European exceptionalism: the European Union in comparative perspective” (LUISS, 2013–2017)
  3. “Politics, Economics and Global Governance: the European Dimensions” (European University Institute, 2011–2012)


Comparative political economy; Regulatory agencies; Institutional design; EU policy-making; Quantitative research methods.