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Italy – University of Padua

Igor Guardiancich is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies (SPGI) of the University of Padua. He has worked in academic institutions (University of Michigan, University of Southern Denmark, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Central European University, Scuola Normale Superiore, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies) as well as in international organizations and NGOs, such as the International Labour Organization, European Commission, European Trade Union Institute, the Observatoire social européen, and so on.

Guardiancich’s research is focused on political economy, public and social policy, European integration, transition in Central and Eastern Europe, social dialogue and industrial relations. He has published in highly ranked international peer-reviewed journals, such as European Union Politics, Governance, Journal of Common Market Studies, Regulation & Governance, Socio-Economic Review, West European Politics and several others.

Latest publications:

Domorenok, E. & Guardiancich, I. (2022). The Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan: coordination and conditionality. Contemporary Italian Politics 14(2): 191–206. Retrieved from
Guardiancich, I. (2022). Italy’s Decline: A Political Economy Perspective. Italian Political Science Review/Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica 52(2): 279–281. Retrieved from
Guardiancich, I. (2023). When Political Rights Do Not Translate into Economic Power: The Rise and Fall of the Slovenian Minority’s Economy in Italy (1954–2020). Nationalities Papers 51(2): 317–334. Retrieved from
Guardiancich, I. & Guidi, M. (2022). The political economy of pension reforms in Europe under financial stress. Socio-Economic Review 20(2): 817–840. Retrieved from
Guardiancich, I., Guidi, M. & Terlizzi, A. (2022). Beyond the European Semester: The supranational evaluation cycle for pensions. Journal of European Social Policy 32(5): 578–591. Retrieved from
Guardiancich, I. & Molina, O. (2022). From gradual erosion to revitalization: National Social Dialogue Institutions and policy effectiveness. European Journal of Industrial Relations 28(1): 85–103. Retrieved from
Guardiancich, I., Terlizzi, A. & Natali, D. (2023). The social policy preferences of EU employers’ organizations: An exploratory analysis. European Journal of Industrial Relations 29(3): 243–269. Retrieved from
Meardi, G. & Guardiancich, I. (2022). Back to the familialist future: the rise of social policy for ruling populist radical right parties in Italy and Poland. West European Politics 45(1): 129–153. Retrieved from