Dr. Diego Garzia
Senior Researcher and Lecturer

University of Lucerne

Department of Political Science
Frohburgstrasse 3
6002 Lucerne


Current CV

List of publications


My name is Diego Garzia. I hold a PhD in ‘Comparative and European Politics’ from the University of Siena. Previously, I studied at the Universities of Rome “Sapienza”, Leiden, and Oxford. Between 2012 and 2014, I held a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute.

I am currently a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Lucerne, and also a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. The long-term focus of my research is on the drivers of voters’ choice in Western Europe. I am particularly interested in the personalization of politics and its effects on voting behavior at the individual level. I have authored several academic papers and professional reports on the topic, including articles published in Electoral Studies, Political Psychology, Party Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and West European Politics.

In 2014 I published a monograph on the topic: Personalization of Politics and Electoral Change (Palgrave Macmillan). Through analysis of election study data from Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands, the book shows that leaders matter, and matter increasingly, for the way individuals vote and, often, the way elections turn out.

In the last years, I have developed a growing interest in internet-based Voting Advice Applications (VAAs). In 2010 I co-edited with Lorella Cedroni Voting Advice Applications in Europe – the first volume ever devoted to the topic. Since 2013 I co-chair the section on VAAs at the ECPR General Conference. In 2014 I co-edited Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates together with Stefan Marschall (ECPR Press). Featuring the biggest number of European experts on the topic ever assembled, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the VAA phenomenon in a truly comparative perspective.

I am the founding convenor of the ECPR Research Network on Voting Advice Applications. Between 2013 and 2016, I was member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP). Currently, I sit in the Scientific Council of the Italian National Election Study (ITANES).


Recent Journal Articles

Garzia, D.; Marschall, S. (2016). Research on Voting Advice Applications: State of the Art and Future Directions. Policy & Internet, online first.

Garzia, D.; De Angelis, A. (2016). Partisanship, leader evaluations, and the vote: Disentangling the new iron triangle in electoral research. Comparative European Politics 14: 604-625.

Bright, J.; Garzia, D.; Lacey, J.; Trechsel, A. (2016). Europe’s Voting Space and the Problem of Second-Order Elections: A Transnational Proposal. European Union Politics 17: 184-198.