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School of Arts and Media

Professor Martin Bull

Professor of Politics / Director, European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR)


I am Professor of Politics in the School of Arts & Media at the University of Salford and Director of Europe's largest political science association, the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR). I was formerly Deputy Chair of Senate (2008-15), Member of University Council (2008-15), Chair of the Academic Audit and Governance Committee (2008-15), Associatee Dean Research in the Faculty of Arts, Media & Social Sciences (2004-2009), Founding Head of the School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History (1999-2002), as well as the last Head of the old Department of Politics and Contemporary History (1997-98). I have been a Visiting Fellow/Professor/Lecturer at several institutions, including the European University Institute (Florence), London School of Economics, Wayne State University (Detroit), University of Nottingham, University of Clermont Ferrand II, Collegio Carlo Alberto (Turin), as well as having been a Leverhulme Trust Fellow. I was educated at the universities of Nottingham and Oxford and at the European University Institute, Florence. I am Founding Editor-in-Chief of Social Sciences and former Editor of European Political Science and Modern Italy. I serve on the editorial boards of Southern European Society and Politics, Journal of Contemporary European Studies and Modern Italy.


As Director of the European Consortium of Political Research I am currently on secondment from the University and do not therefore carry teaching responsibilities:

Research Interests

Contemporary Italian politics, southern European politics, the European Union, democratization, political corruption, the European left, west European communism and party political change.

Qualifications and Memberships

BA (Politics) 1st Class, University of Notthingham (1976); MA (Status), University of Oxford (1987);Ph D (Politics), European University Institute, Florence (1987) Member of: the UK Political Studies Association; the American Political Science Association; the Association for the Study of Modern Italy; the Conference Group on Italian Society and Politics.


I am author of Contemporary Italy: a Research Guide (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996) and co-author (with James Newell) of Italian Politics: Adjustment under Duress (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2005). I have edited or co-edited several books including Corruption in Contemporary Politics (London: Palgrave, 2003) (with J. Newell); Italy: a Contested Polity (London: Routledge, 2009) (with M. Rhodes); and Maestri of Political Science (Essex: ECPR Press, 2011) (with G. Pasquino and D. Campus). I have co-edited several special issues of journals including, ‘Forty Years of European Political Science’, European Political Science, Vol. 9, Supplement 1, November 2010 (with J. Briggs, L. de Sousa and J. Moses). My recent publications include: ‘Italian Political Science and Italian Politics: the (curious) elephant in the room’, Contemporary Italian Politics, Vol. 7, No. 2, August 2015, pp. 185-201; ‘Political Corruption in Europe’, in J. Magone (ed), Routledge Handbook of European Politics (London: Routledge, 2015) (with J. Newell); ‘Institutions and the Political System: a story of failure’, in A. Mammone, E. G. Parini and G. A. Veltri, Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy: History, Politics, Society (London: Routledge, 2015); ‘Pentapartito’, in M. Gilbert, E. Jones and G. Pasquino (eds), Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015); ‘The Europeanisation of National Institutions Reassessed: A Comparison of Regional Policies in Germany and Italy’, Comparative European Politics, 11 (2), March 2013 (with J. Baudner); ‘The Italian Transition that Never Was’, Modern Italy, 17 (1), 2012; ‘Southern Europe and the “Trade Off”: Architects of European Disunion’, in J. Hayward and R. Wurzel (eds), European Disunion. Between Sovereignty and Solidarity (Palgrave, 2012).