Vincent Della Sala

Vincent Della Sala

dates de séjour

16/09/2013 - 15/07/2014


Sciences politiques




Université de Trento, Italie

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Political Myth and Mythology in Transnational Governance : The Case of the European Union

The research to be carried out for the duration of the EURIAS fellowship focuses on the role of political myth and mythology in the construction of the European Union. The aim is not to expose the gaps between “myth and reality” in the EU. Rather the aim is to explore the role that myth has played and to ask whether the greatest obstacle facing closer political integration is the lack of political myths. The project is interdisciplinary by definition, drawing upon cultural anthropology, comparative literature, sociology, political science and public policy. The research will focus on both official texts and broader public discussion about the EU. The period of the fellowship would be spent completing the analysis of these texts and to write a book manuscript.


Vincent Della Sala is associate professor of political science at the University of Trento (Italy) and adjunct professor of political science at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He received his undergraduate degree at McGill University, an MA from New York University and his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He has held teaching positions in the United Kingdom, Canada and, since 2003, Italy. His research focuses on the political economy of advanced industrialised states and on issues related to legitimacy and European integration


2013 “Re-create the social state: Zygmunt Bauman in Conversation with Vincent Della Sala”, in Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa, eds., Twenty Ways to Fix the World: Interviews with the World’s Foremost Thinkers (New York: New York University Press, forthcoming).
2013 “Myth and the Post-national Polity: The Case of the European Union”, in Gérard Bouchard, ed., Whither National Myths? Reflections on the Present and Future of National Myths (London: Routledge).
2012 “Leaders and Followers: Leadership Amongst Member States in a Differentiated Europe”, in Erik Jones, Anand Menon and Stephen Weatherill, Handbook on the European Union (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
2012 With Marco Brunazzo. “A Good Idea That Lost Its Way: Cohesion Policy in the EU”, in By Hubert Zimmermann and Andreas Dür, eds. Key Controversies in European Integration. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
2012 “Europe's Autumn? Popular Sovereignty and Economic Crisis in the European Union”, The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Vol. 13, No. 1
2011 “A Less Close Union? The European Union’s Search for Unity amid Crisis”. In Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian, eds, The Deepening Crisis:Governance Challenges After Neoliberalism. New York: New York University Press.
2011 With Marco Brunazzo. “From Salvation to Pragmatic Indifference?: Europe in Italian Political Discourse”, in Robert Harmsen and Joachim Schild, eds. Debating Europe: The 2009 European Parliament Elections and Beyond. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
2010 “Stakes and states: gambling and the single market,” Journal of European Public Policy, 17:7 (October), 1024-38.
2010 “Political Myth, Mythology and the European Union”, Journal of Common Market Studies, 48:1, 1-18.
2008 “Eurosceptics and Europhiles in accord: the creation of the European Ombudsman as an institutional isomorphism”, co-authored with Weiqing Song, Policy & Politics, 36: 4: 481-495
2007 "From Resource to Constraint? Italy and the Stability and Growth Pact". In Luca Verzichelli and Grant Amyot, eds., The End of the Berlusconi Era. New York, N.Y.: Berghahn Books.
2007 "Italy and Macroeconomic Policy". In Sergio Fabbrini and Simona Piattoni, eds. : Italy in the European Union: Redefining National Interest in a Compound Polity Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield.
2007 “Birth of a Union: Lessons for North America from the European Union”, in Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Radha Jhappan and François Rocher, eds., Politics in North America :Redefining Continental Relations. Toronto: Broadview Press.
2007 “The unequal sides of a triangle: democracy, civil society and governance” in C. Ruzza and V. Della Sala, eds. Governance and Civil Society in the European Union: Normative Perspectives. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
2006 “The State Beyond Transformation and Adaptation?”, Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica (August): 207-230.
2005 “Anti-terrorism and the State: From National to Human Security”, Quaderni di Sociologia, 39: 40-54.
2004 “The Italian Model of Capitalism: On the Road Between Globalization and Europeanization?”, Journal of European Public Policy, 11:6 (December): 1041-1058.

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