Quality of institutions, public ethics, policies against corruption

This research area deals with issues of institutional quality, public ethics, transparency and anti-corruption, using an interdisciplinary approach, and paying particular attention to the study of comparative experiences.
It addresses topics such as:

  • The measurement and assessment of the quality and functioning of institutions, public services and policies. In this field, specific attention is placed on the evaluation of public and management personnel, the evaluation of the effectiveness of policies, including regional legislation, the measurement and assessment of corruption risks and anti-corruption policies;
  • Public ethics, understood both in terms of overall justice and transparency, and in terms of the correctness and ethics of the behavior of those who perform public functions. In this field, specific attention is devoted to, for example, the issue of codes of conduct for public employees, policies to strengthen ethical infrastructures in public institutions, and individual strategies for taking ethical decisions;
  • Transparency of institutions, with particular attention to public administrations, the role of the media, the relationship between information and the improvement of institutions, the right to information and its limits (with reference to the protection of personal data and national security), citizens’ rights in relations with administrations, tools such as whistleblowing, the benefits and limitations of an open data approach;
  • Anti-corruption policies, with specific reference to corruption prevention strategies. In this field, specific attention is devoted to the issues of risk analysis and management in organizations, to organizational models for combating corruption, to measures to prevent corruption, to the action of anti-corruption authorities and related subjects, to a comparison of experiences, with specific attention to the Balkan area.

These different issues are dealt with both from a general point of view and by applying sectoral approaches (e.g., in the field of education and health). In addition, specific attention is paid to frontier issues, without neglecting their relationship to fundamental rights of individuals and major challenges of social and institutional transformation (digital technologies, migration, European integration, globalization, etc.).


Associate Professor of Applied Statistics.

Prof. Michela Gnaldi teaches Data science for the quality of institutions and Quantitative methods for social research. She is consultant of the Council of the Italian National Anti-Corruption Authority, as a senior statistician expert, and of other national and international agencies (i.e., UNHCR, United Nations High Commission for Refugees). She has been leading (with Prof. Ponti) the Italian project “Measuring and contrasting corruption. Direct and indirect methods to quantify corruption”. Since 2016 she leads a thematic area within the Italian Association for Quality of Life (AIQUAV) on “Contrast to corruption, social integrity and quality of life”, with the aim of promoting the study of corruption in the statistics community and stimulating a debate around indicators of contrast to corruption as a precondition for community quality of life. She is the Official Representative of the University of Perugia within the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) and its standing group “(Anti-)Corruption and Integrity”. She is co-editor, author and co-author of books and scientific articles on methodological issues in composite indicators construction, corruption measurement and indicators, and evaluation of the impact of public policies. Leggi di più


Assistant Professor, Sociology of cultural and communicative processes.


Giuseppina Bonerba has a Ph.D. in Semiotics from the University of Bologna, supervised by Prof. Umberto Eco, then she studied at the “École des hautes études en sciences sociales” in Paris and taught Langue et Civilisation italienne at the University of Tours (France). She is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology in the field of cultural and communicative processes at the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Perugia where she teaches Advertising in the master programme. Areas of research/interest: media studies; media and politics; gender studies and migration Read more

Full professor of administrative law.

Enrico Carloni (1971), director of the LEPA, is full professor of administrative law. He is coordinator of the degree course and master’s degree in Political Sciences and Administration Sciences. Lawyer. PhD in public law (Bologna). He’s currently PI in the framework of a European project (“Apta-Mod”) on the definition of models of administrative prevention of corruption (Hercules III Program, 2020-2022); he was Project leader in a European project for training and research (Hercules III program, 2016-2018, “Fighting corruption through administrative measures”). Since 2017 to 2020 he was “Expert of the Council” of the Italian National Anti-Corruption Authority. Read more


Associate Professor, Business Administration.


Responsible for internship and labs for the Political Science Department.
She completed her PhD in Economics at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Pisa, Italy, where she also served as Researcher in Business Administration. Her research interests include business ethics, CSR and sustainability, cultural tourism, event management, and economic impact analysis. She authored over 50 among articles and books, including numerus papers in peer-review international journals published by primary editors like Springer and Taylor & Francis. She also participated to several national and international researches projects, as Prin, Interreg and Fers Programs. Read more

Associate Professor of comparative law.


Associate Professor of comparative law. Read more

Researcher, International Law.


Researcher and Lecturer in International Law, in possession of the national scientific qualification as Associate Professor. She is the author of several international law articles and of a book on the jurisdiction in maritime spaces beyond territorial sovereignty (Wolters Kluwer/CEDAM, 2018). She is a member of the editorial committees of the Reviews ‘Diritti umani e diritto internazionale’ and ‘Diritto di Internet’, of the ‘Trattato di Diritto internazionale’ (UTET Giuridica, 2015) and of Focarelli’s International Law – II. Practice (2012-2019), Wolters Kluwer/CEDAM, 2019. She’s Member of the Italian Society of International Law (ISIL). Her main fields of research are International Human Rights Law, International Law of the Sea, International and European Migration Law. Read more

Associate Professor, Public Law.


She took part in a variety of national research also interdisciplinary projects.
She is the author of two monographs and the writer of numerous essays and articles published in scientific journals and in collective works.
In the context of public and constitutional law her major research fields are: courts and direct application of the Constitution; fundamental rights and “new rights”; bioethics and bio-law issues; decision-making techniques used by the Constitutional Court; relations between State and Regions concerning the division of legislative competences. Read more

Researcher in Sociology of communication processes.


Prof. Rita Marchetti teaches courses in Sociology of Digital Media and Political System and Communication Techniques. Her main research interests are digital media, political communication, digital religion and corruption. She is associated investigator in the project PRIN2017 “The Politicisation of Corruption and Anticorruption Strategies in Italy” (Acronym: PolitiCAnti). Her work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including The International Journal of Press Politics, European Journal of Communication, Journalism, Journalism Practice, Journalism Studies, The Communication Review, Journal of Religion in Europe, Comunicazione Politica, Polis and Problemi dell’Informazione. She is member of Associate Editor of Comunicazione Politica. Read more


Full Professor, Statistics.


Head of the Political Sciences Department (Perugia University, Italy).

Member of the Coordination Committee of LEPA, he teaches Statistics and Evaluation of policies and public services. His main research activities are on Sampling theory, Statistical inference and statistical methods for the evaluation of policies and public services, with applications in the fields of health management and enterprises support. He has been Principal Investigator of several research programs and has published more than a hundred papers and books. Read more

Associate professor, Social Psychology.


Vice-director of the LEPA. She coordinated several research programs as HU in the field of morality. She authored more than 50 scientific papers and books. She is a member of the editorial board of national and international journals and the editor-in-chief of the Italian version of the international journal In-Mind. Her main research interests pertain psychosocial predictors of ethical behavior in the online and offline environment as well as discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. Read more

Associate Professor, Political Economy.


Associate Professor, Political Economy. Read more

Associate Professor, Administrative Law.


Director of the Master in Design and Management of Anti-Corruption and Transparency, and Professor of Information and Digital Media Law. He has been Principal investigator of several research groups and is the author/editor of over fifty papers and books. He has been a consultant to the Government and the National Anti-Corruption Authority on administrative transparency, and is part of the team of experts selected by the National Anti-Corruption Authority for the development of corruption prevention indicators.
His main research interests are: Administrative Law, Impartiality, Prevention of corruption and maladministration, Transparency; Public data regime. He also studies the themes of monetary integration and the economic crisis in the euro area. Read more

Researcher in Contemporary history.


Member of research group LEPA – Legality and participation in the process of democratization (with a particular focus on Mediterranean and Eastern European countries) and of the committee Wednesdays at the Department of Political Science of the DISP.
He was awarded his PhD from the University of Bologna. His studies focus on the political history of contemporary Italy through two lines of research: the first of which analyses the period of Italian unification and the political system of liberal Italy; the second of which contemplates the history of the republican political system, giving particular attention to events regarding the history of political parties and movements. For several years, he has been studying the political debate concerning immigration in Italy and Europe. He has published monographs, edited volumes and articles with il Mulino, Città Nuova, Carocci, Ave and Treccani. Read more

Associate Professor, Statistics.


President-elect of the Survey Sampling Group, the survey research methods section of the Italian Statistical Society, and elected member of the Council for the International Association of Survey Statisticians. Since 2017, she is a member of the Methodology Advisory Board of the Italian National Statistical Office. She has been Principal Investigator or participant of several research programs and has more than a hundred publications in scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings. She is Associate Editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society – Statistics in Society and other international scientific journals. Her main research interests involve the development of statistical models and of methodologies for official statistics, and their application to socio-economic, environmental, and health data. Read more


Associate professor – incoming full professor in International Law and European Law.


Jean Monnet Chair holder (European Commission 2017-2020), with the project “The Implementation of EU Policies by Regional and Local Authorities – EUREL”. Scientific Responsible of the European Documentation Center of the University of Perugia and director of the university Master of I level in Planning and access to the European funds for culture, creativity and multimedia. Responsible of the working-group LEPA for supporting European research projects. Since years he studies and publishes volumes and articles on different juridical topics on the international community and the European integration process, such as: international human rights, international organization, regional and local authoritiesy within the European integration process, European communication policy, European regulation of the biotechnologies, European governance and the democratic deficit. Read more


Associate professor of institutions of public law.


He teaches Institutions of public law in the Course of political science and international relations (1st. level) and Ethics of public functions in the Course of science of politics and administration (2nd. Level);
He is author of many books and papers; his main interests are public organization, law of politics, immigration, political and administrative corruption, public law of economics. Read more

Associate Professor, Political Philosophy.


He is member of the Scientific Committees of several Scientific Journals and he is Co-director of “Cosmopolis. Rivista di filosofia e teoria politica” (www.cosmopolisonline.it). He published many papers and books on these themes: transparency, secrecy and lying in politics; the political thought of Marx, Arendt and Foucault; globalization and transformations of democracy; bio-power, with particular attention to the relationships between biotechnologies and forms of subjectivity; existence and politics, and particularly the relation between sense and power; ethics of care and emotions; populism and conspiracy theories; public ethics, particularly concerning the migrants crisis. Read more

Associate Professor, Private Law.


Member of the Coordination Committee of LEPA. Member of the Research Committee and Erasmus Committee of the Department of Political Sciences. Member of the Council of the Centre of Legal Studies on Consumers’ Rights of the University of Perugia. She has participated in several research projects both at national and international level, building up collaborations between the University of Perugia and other foreign Universities. She has taught as Visiting Scholar in various Universities abroad. She is author of many publications, including three books and numerous papers published also in international journals. Her main fields of research are: Fundamental Rights, Family and Minors, in particular human assisted reproduction; Law of Contracts, with specific regards to Consumer Rights. Read more