School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Monica Poletti, BA (Milan), MRes (Amsterdam), PhD (Milan/Mannheim)


ESRC Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Telephone: 020 7882 3101
Room Number: Arts One 2.24
Office Hours: By appointment


Monica Poletti graduated from the University of Milan and then did her Master of Research in Political Communication at the ASCoR-University of Amsterdam. She holds a PhD (Political Sociology) from the University of Milan on the determinants of social and political participation in Italy, with a special focus on party membership. During her PhD she spent time as a visiting fellow at the MZES (Mannheim Centrum for European Social Research) in Germany.

Since 2010 she has been a research fellow of the COST-Action 'True European Voter' (TEV) project on the influence of context on electoral behaviour in European countries, as well as of the EU General Home Affairs-funded KING project (Knowledge for Integration Governance) on Immigration. After finishing her PhD she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Milan, working on Euroscepticism, populism and Italian voting behaviour (in close collaboration with Italian National Election Studies - ITANES) and has spent time as a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE - Methodology Dept., European Institute and Government Dept.).

Since 2013 she has taught quantitative methods for the social sciences as well as political sociology at the LSE. She moved to Queen Mary in September 2015 to work on the ESRC funded political party members project with Tim Bale and Paul Webb. Monica is also a co-editor of the LSE-based Euro Crisis in the Press blog.

She is interested in research dealing with Political Participation, Electoral Behaviour, Public Opinion, Political Culture and Political Communication.


Research Interests:

Monica is interested in all aspects of political participation in Europe, including party membership in Britain, which is the main focus of her ESRC current project at Queen Mary. As well as her ongoing interest in Italian and European countries’ electoral behaviour and politics-related attitudes, she is currently researching Euroscepticism, populism and political culture, and political communication during the economic crisis.


Peer-Reviewed Journal articles

2017 So who really does the donkey work in ‘multi-speed membership parties’? Comparing the election campaign activity of party members and party supporters, Electoral Studies, 46, 64-74 (with Webb, P. & Bale, T.). doi:

2017 ‘All mouth and no trousers?’ How many Conservative party members voted for UKIP in 2015 – and why did they do so? Politics (with Bale, T. & Webb, P.), 1-13, doi: 10.1177/0263395717697344

2016 Media and Campaign Effects on Vote Choice at National Elections in Europe: A Review of a Multilingual Research Landscape. Studies in Communication | Media, 5(2), 129-172 (with Boomgaarden, H. G. & Schmitt-Beck, R. and with Brandenburg, H., Cunha, C., Hopmann, D. N., O’Malley, E., Popescu, M., Teperoglou, E., & Tworzecki, H.)  doi: 10.5771/2192-4007-2016-2-129

2015 The Cognitive Mobilization of Organizational Participation: Missing Evidence from Italy, 1972-2006. Electoral Studies, 40, 4, 245-255. doi: 10.1016/j.electstud.2015.09.003

2015 Renzi’s Honeymoon Effect: The 2014 European Election in Italy (with Segatti, P. & Vezzoni, C.). South European Society & Politics, 20: 3, 311-331. doi: 10.1080/13608746.2015.1075709

2014 Availability or disengagement? How Italian citizens reacted to the two-faced parliamentary grand coalition supporting the Monti government. Polis, 28 (1), 61-84 (with Vegetti, F. & Segatti, P.). doi: 10.1424/76410

2013 When responsibility is blurred. Italian national elections in time of economic crisis, technocratic government and ever-growing populism. Italian Political Science Review, 43(3), 329-352 (with Vegetti, F. & Segatti, P.). doi: 10.1426/75243

2013 Ciudadanía y tecnopolítica electoral. Ideales y límites burocráticos a la participación digital (Citizenship and electoral techno-politics. Ideas and bureaucratic limits to digital participation). Coherencia, 10 (18), 105-13 (w. Sampedro Blanco, V.F. & Duarte, J. M).

2010 Between partisanship & cynicism. Italian journalism in a state of flux. Journalism, 11(3), 1-18 (with Brants, K.). doi: 10.1177/1464884909360923


Book Chapters

2013 ‘La sfida di Scelta Civica al bipolarismo’. In: P. Bellucci and P. Segatti (eds.), Voto Amaro. Disincanto e Crisi Economica nelle Elezioni del 2013 (Italian National Elections Studies – book series) Il Mulino: Bologna, pp. 93-105. (with Segatti, P.) (ISBN 978-88-15-24712-4)

2011 ‘Cibercampañas, Sociedad Y Cultura Tecnopolíticas. Perfiles De Usuarios De Las Tic En Las Eg 2008’.  In: V. Sampedro (Ed.), Cibercampaña. Cauces Y Diques Para La Participación. Las Elecciones Generales De 2008 Y Su Proyección Tecnopolítica. Madrid: Editorial Complutense, pp. 85-123. (with Sampedro, V.) (ISBN 978-84-9938-094-0)


Other Publications

2014 Party Positioning on Immigration and EU at the 2014 European Parliament Elections, KING project - Desk Research Paper, n. 4-Oct. (with Regalia, M.). Funded by EU Commission Directorate - General Home Affairs.

2014 Economic or Cultural Threat? Orientations towards immigration and European integration among EU citizens and national parties over time, KING project - Desk Research Papers, n.5-Jul. (with Regalia, M.). Funded by EU Commission Directorate - General Home Affairs.

2013 Political Disaffection: a case study on the Italian Twitter community. Published online on arXiv on Feb 2013: 1301.6630 (with Monti, C., Rozza, A., Zappella, G., Zignani, M. & Ardvisson, A.)

2012 Has Italy Become A Tocquevillian Democracy? A Longitudinal Study of The Determinants of Social and Political Participation, PhD Thesis, University of Milan, AIR Repository.


Media contributions:

2017, Apr 21st, The Policy Space blog, Who will campaign in the UK 2017 snap election? Hints from party members and supporter activism during GE2015 [Republished on the LSE British Politics and Policy and on LSE Euro Crisis in the Press]

2017, Apr 16th, Labour List, The true picture of Labour members and supporters and their election campaigning (with Bale, T. & Webb, P.)

2017, Apr 2nd, Liberal Demoract Newswire (dr. Mark Pack) Fighting force? What Lib Dem members and supporters did for the party in #GE2015 (with Bale, T. & Webb, P.)

2017, Jan 9th, Prospect, Speed data: who are Labour’s members? (with Bale, T. & Webb, P.)

2016, Nov 16th, LSE British Politics and Policy, Explaining the pro-Corbyn surge in Labour’s membership [Republished by the Mile End Institute blog] (with Bale, T. & Webb, P.)

2016, Sep 26th, Mile End Insitute blog, From #JezWeCan to #JezWeDid: Why Labour Party members still back Jeremy Corbyn

2016, Sep 24th, The Conversation blog, Why Labour Party members still back Jeremy Corbyn as their leader, [Republished by the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) blog, MyScience, London News 24/, and by StuntFM]

2016, Jul 19th, The Conversation blog, Here’s what we know about Labour’s £3 supporters – and whether they’ll pay £25 to help Corbyn again, [Republished by the Independent, The Staggers (NewStatesman) and by the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) blog] (with Bale, T. & Webb, P.)

2016, Jul 14th, The StaggersNewStatesman, Middle-class university graduates will decide the future of the Labour party (with Bale, T. & Webb, P.)

2016, Jul 12th : The Conversation and the Political Studies Association (PSA) blog, A “bloody difficult woman”: What does the Tory grassroots want from Prime Minister Theresa May (and here) (with Bale, T. & Webb, P.)

2016, Mar 14th, LSE British Politics and Policy, Minority views? Labour members had been longing for someone like Corbyn before he was even on the ballot paper, (with Bale, T. & Webb, P.)

2016, Mar 8th, The Times – Red Box, What Cameron activists think about Cameron’s deal…and staying in the EU (with Bale, T. & Webb, P.)

2016, Mar 3rd, LSE British Politics and Policy, The Green Surge and how it changed the membership of the Party (with Dennison, J.)

2016, Feb 5th, ESRC Party Members Project, Cameron and Tebbit are both wrong: Tory activists are not as set on leaving the EU as many imagine [re-posted by LSE British Politics and Policy blog on February 12th] (with Bale, T. & Webb, P.)

2016, Jan 8th, LSE British Politics & Policy, ‘Ideology is in the eye of the beholder: How British party supporters see themselves, their parties, and their rivals’ (with Bale, T. & Webb, P.)

2014, May 29th, LSE Euro crisis in the Press, A legitimization of the Italian government more than a vote for Europe