The Liberty of Servants: Berlusconi's Italy

November 16, 2011
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A book forum featuring the book's author, Maurizio Viroli, Professor of Politics, Princeton University; with discussants R. Daniel KelemenCenter for European Studies, Rutgers University; and Jan-Werner MüllerProgram in the History of Political Thought, Princeton University; Moderated by Kim Lane ScheppeleDirector, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Maurizio Viroli is Professor of Political Theory within the Department of Politics and associated faculty within the Department of History at Princeton University. He is Director of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, where he is fullprofessor of Political Communication. He also serves as Senior Research Fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto of Moncalieri, and has founded and is now theDirector of a Master's program in Civic Education established at Asti by Ethica Association of Asti with the support of Professor Robert P. George and the James Madison Program of Princeton University. Finally, he is the scientific coordinator of the Academies of Civic Education of the Compagnia San Paolo Foundation, and since 2005 he participates in the projects of Civic Education organized by the Department of Education of the Marche region, Italy. His main fields of research are political theory and the history of political thought, classical republicanism and neo-republicanism, with a special expertise on Niccolò Machiavelli and Jean Jacques Rousseau, republican iconography, the relationship between religion and politics, patriotism, constitutionalism, classical rhetoric, political communication, citizenship, and civic education. He holds a Laurea degree in Philosophy from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute of Firenze. The Liberty of Servants: Berlosconi's Italy (Princeton University Press, 2011) is his latest book.

R. Daniel Kelemen is Associate Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair and Director of the Center for European Studies at Rutgers University.  His research interests include the politics of the European Union, law and politics, comparative political economy, and comparative public policy. He is author of two books- Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union (Harvard University Press, 2011) and The Rules of Federalism: Institutions and Regulatory Politics in the EU and Beyond (Harvard University Press, 2004), as well as numerous book chapters and articles in journals including World Politics, International Organization, Comparative Political Studies, West European Politics, Journal of Public Policy and Journal of European Public Policy. He is also co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2008). He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of European Public Policy and West European Politics and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association.  Prior to Rutgers, Kelemen was Fellow in Politics, Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Studies at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels and a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was educated at Berkeley (A.B. in Sociology) and Stanford (M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science).

Jan-Werner Müller teaches in the Politics Department at Princeton University. Much of his recent work in political theory and in the history of political thought has focused on sovereignty, constitutionalism, and democracy, especially in a European context. He has recently completed a book entitled Constitutional Patriotism, which is forthcoming from Princeton University Press; he is also a guest editor for I-CON's special issue on constitutional patriotism. Professor Müller is theauthor of A Dangerous Mind: Carl Schmitt in Post-War European Thought (Yale University Press, 2003; German, French and Chinese translations) and Another Country: German Intellectuals, Unification and National Identity (Yale University Press, 2000; Chinese translation). In addition, he has edited German Ideologies since 1945: Studies in the Political Thought and Culture of the Bonn Republic (Palgrave, 2003) and Memory and Power in Post-War Europe:Studies in the Presence of the Past (Cambridge UP, 2002). He has been a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, and a Prize Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford; he has also been a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.


The Liberty of Servants: Berlusconi's Italy


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  • The European Union Program at Princeton University