Appointing to Govern: Party Patronage in Europe


  • Michelangelo Vercesi is a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for the Study of Democracy, Leuphana University Lüneburg. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Pavia and has studied at the University of Vienna. His main research interests are comparative government, political elites, coalition politics, and Italian politics. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Government and Opposition, Contemporary Italian Politics, and Quaderni di scienza politica. E-mail:

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