Dr Dardanelli is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of Kent, the convener of its Comparative Politics Research Group, and the director of its Centre for Swiss Politics.
He was educated at the universities of Turin and Durham and obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics.
Dr Dardanelli’s research activity seeks to advance our understanding of the evolving connections between statehood, nationality and democracy, with a particular focus on the structuring of political systems. It has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the James Madison Trust, among others.
He is the author of Between Two Unions: Europeanisation and Scottish Devolution (Manchester University Press, 2005) and of articles in academic journals such as European Political Science Review, Political Studies, Acta Politica, Party Politics, and the Swiss Political Science Review, among others.
He is an elected member of the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on Comparative Federalism, the co-editor of Routledge’s Federal Studies series, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Swiss Political Science Review.
Dr Dardanelli has advised institutions such as the Cabinet Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Scottish Parliament, the City of London Corporation, and the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK, and provided expert commentary for the international media, including BBC News 24, the Guardian, The Times, and the Economist, among others.