Dr Mark Donovan - PhD, MSc, BA
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74727
Fax: +44(0)29 208 74946
Location: Room 1.23a, 65-68 Park Place
Office hours: Monday, 14:30 - 15:30
Thursday, 13:30 - 14:30
I am interested in political parties and party systems, elections and referendums, party system change and electoral reform. I am particularly interested in party system theory and in party and electoral politics in Italy, especially of the centre and right and I am currently writing a book on the Italian party system and its parties. More generally, I am interested in all aspects of Italian government and politics.
I have supervised two PhDs to completion, one on Italian foreign policy and one on the Northern League. I am currently supervising a PhD on women’s employment policy in Italy, 1996-2006.
I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Russian and Soviet Studies from Portsmouth in 1977. After 8 years in employment, approximately half of which I spent in Germany, where I learnt German, I returned to the academic dimension of the real world, obtaining an MSc (Distinction) at the LSE (in West European Politics) in 1986. I then completed a PhD, also at the LSE, on the strategy of the Italian Christian Democratic Party. Since 1990, I have been in Cardiff. Between 1994-2000, I was Reviews Editor for West European Politics and from1999-2005 I was Joint Editor of Modern Italy, the flagship journal of the The Association of Modern Italy.
Memberships / External Activities
I am a member of the PSA (Political Studies Association), of its Specialist Group in Italian Politics, and of ASMI (Association for the Study of Modern Italy).
In Year 1, I co-teach Introduction to Government and Introduction to Political Science. In Year 2 I teach the module Democracy in Crisis? which addresses the concern stated, focusing on Pippa Norris's Democratic Deficit: Critical Citizens Revisited. In the final year I teach a module on one alleged "difficult democracy" (Italy), and attempts to "manage" it according to two different party system structures: Managing a Difficult Democracy. At Masters level I teach modules on The Public, Parties and Democracy and Parties, Party Systems and Democracy, as well as Research Methods: Approaches to Knowledge.