• 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 three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi 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 Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities 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 Institute of Humanities 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. 


PhD Programme in Political Science, Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence




Sebastian Perdisci received his bachelor degree in Social Sciences for Cooperation, Development and Peace in 2010 and his master degree in Policies, Society and Territory in 2013 from the University of Cagliari. He spent five months between 2012 and 2013 as an Erasmus student in European Studies at Maastricht University. Since 2014 he is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Scuola Normale Superiore.


Sebastian currently works on a research project titled “Fiscal Policy in Italy after the Euro Crisis”. His research investigates the fiscal adjustment process in Italy after the country’s involvement in the European sovereign debt crisis. Sebastian’s work analyses the extent to which the spending and taxation measures adopted in Italy reflect the EU neoliberal policy agenda and what explains them. In this regard, the work explains the fiscal policy outcome as the result of radical external pressures from the financial markets and the EU institutions that strongly constrain the Italian governments’ fiscal policy strategies.

Research interests: Fiscal policy, Euro crisis, EU economic governance.