Department of Political Science


Professor Claudio Radaelli

Claudio Radaelli

Professor Claudio Radaelli

Professor of Public Policy


Claudio M. Radaelli is Professor of Public Policy. Prior to joining UCL, Claudio was Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for European Governance at the University of Exeter (2004-2018) and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Bradford, where he started his academic career. In 2014 he was full-time IdEx chair at the Centre Emile Durkheim at the University of Bordeaux, and before that part-time Professor at the University of Agder (Kristiansand) and Sciences-Po Paris. Claudio was also honorary Adjunct Professor in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen for four years and part-time Professor the European University Institute. Claudio is visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. He holds a BA in Economics and Social Sciences (Bocconi University) and a PhD in Political Science (Florence). Before starting his academic career, Claudio worked for seven years in research institutes, consultancy firms and associations of firms in Milan and Rome.


An expert on the European Union and comparative public policy, Professor Radaelli’s fields of specialization include the theory of policy learning, regulatory reforms, and the European Union’s influence on domestic politics and public policy (Europeanization). He is also interested in the theory and praxis of nonviolence, especially applied to the European Union – he published a recent article with Roberto Baldoli on this topic in Journal of Common Market Studies.

In the years 2009-2014 Claudio led the advanced grant Analysis of Learning in Regulatory Governance (ALREG), funded by the European Research Council. ERC Advanced Grants are best described as programmes rather than individual projects. In the case of ALREG, the focus of the programme was on evidence-based regulatory policy instruments, especially impact assessment, with work-packages on risk-based inspections, learning across time and government departments, the narrative structure of regulatory impact assessments in the European Union, and ex-post regulatory evaluation. ALREG produces some 20 academic articles and expert-papers for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (on the use of regulatory indicators). Conceptually ALREG became an efficient platform to explore with Claire Dunlop the theory of policy learning – with a string of articles published between 2013 and 2018 and the 2018 co-edited volume with Claire A Dunlop and Philipp Trein is on Learning in Public Policy: Analysis, Modes and Outcome, Palgrave.

In 2016 the European Research Council awarded Claudio a second advanced grant on Procedural Tools for Effective Governance (PROTEGO), carried out with Professors Claire Dunlop (co-PI) at the University of Exeter and Alessia Damonte at the University of Milan. Jonathan Kamkhaji is the data steward of this research programme.  PROTEGO arises out of a fundamental claim: the design of procedural regulatory instruments has causal effects on the performance of political systems, specifically on trust in government, control of corruption, sustainability and the quality of the business environment. The key mechanism in this causal relation is accountability to different types of stakeholders. PROTEGO provides a theoretical rationale to capture the accountability effects by adopting an extension of delegation theory that considers multiple stakeholders. Empirically, this research programme collects, validates and analyses original data across the EU and its 28 Member States for the period 2000-¬2015. Raw data are collected by some 30 lawyers in the field. These raw data are types of rules drawn from legislation and soft-law covering: consultation; transparency obligations contained in administrative procedure acts; freedom of information; impact assessment of proposed legislation; judicial review; and the Ombudsman. Protego is also committed to engagement and dissemination – among other events, we organised a Research Session for the Regulatory Scrutiny Board of the European Commission in 2017 and presented Protego to the World Bank (Global Governance Practice) and the OECD (Regulatory Policy Committee).

Professional Service

Professor Radaelli is editor-in-chief of the International Review of Public Policy, the new flagship journal of the International Public Policy Association, after having co-edited the European Journal of Political Research for six years. He serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including European Journal for Political Research, Journal of Public Policy, and Regulation & Governance.

Claudio is on the Steering Committee of the Standing Group on Regulation & Governance of the European Consortium for Political Research. He is a member of the College of the International Public Policy Association and member of the Board of the International Association of Legislation (IAL). He serves on award committees and review bodies of social science foundations and political science associations.


Theories and Actors of the Policy Process PUBL0040

Claudio has taught on several summer and winter schools, including methods school, the IPPA Winter School (where he teaches a module on policy learning) and the European Integration Summer School at the University of Agder. Every year Claudio teaches a workshop on Regulation at the College of Europe.


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