Memory and political culture: a comparitive perspective
Gianfranco Pasquino (1942) graduated in Political Science from the University of Torino, supervisor Norberto Bobbio, and specialized in Comparative Politics at the University of Florence under the guidance of Giovanni Sartori. In 1975, after teaching at the University of Bologna and Florence, he became full professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna. He has also been teaching for more than thirty years at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University. In 1974-75, he was Lauro de Bosis Lecturer in the History of Italian Civilization at Harvard. In 1978-79, he was Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. He has been visiting Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies, Washington D.C., and at the University of California, Los Angeles. In the Fall Term of 1999, he was Fellow of the Juan March Institute in Madrid. In the Spring of 2001, he was Fellow of Christ Church College at Oxford and in 2007 of St Antony's, Oxford. He is life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.
Among the founders of the Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, he was its managing editor for seven years and co-editor for three years. Editor of the bimonthly journal Il Mulino (1980-1983), he is on the editorial board of several academic journals, notably: the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, European Political Science, Parliamentary Affairs, Revista Argentina de Ciencia Politica.
He has written widely on Italian politics and on Comparative Politics, most recently Sistemi politici comparati (2007, 3rd ed.,translated into Spanish and Portuguese) and Le istituzioni di Arlecchino (6th ed., www.scriptaweb.it). He has co-edited the Dizionario di Politica (3rd ed. ,2004) and edited Strumenti della democrazia (2007) .
From 1983 to 1992 and from 1994 to 1996 he served as Senator of the Italian Republic. He received two degrees ad honorem from the University of Buenos Aires and from the University of La Plata. In 2005, he was elected to the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. At the Italian Academy, he plans to write a book on the Theory of Political Development.