Riccardo Pelizzo

Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Public Policy

53 kabanbay batyr
riccardo.pelizzo@nu.edu.kz |  Visit Personal Website

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At the moment I am working on a project on the political consequences of party system instability and on a project on the measures of corruption

Pelizzo, Riccardo, Omer Baris, and Saltanat Janenova. "Objective or Perception-Based: A Debate on the Ideal Measure of Corruption." Cornell Int'l LJ 50 (2017): 77.
Abstract: The articles shows that international indexes of corruption do not seem to work terribly well in the Kazakhstani context, tries to explain why that may be the case, and present a new way in which corruption could be measured
Nwokora, Zim, and Riccardo Pelizzo. "Measuring Party System Change: A Systems Perspective." Political Studies (2017): 0032321717710568.
Abstract: The term ‘party system’, explained Giovanni Sartori, refers to the pattern of interactions among relevant parties. That pattern can be represented as a type and treated as a proper unit of analysis. When ‘party system’ is defined in this way, it becomes clear that the scholarship lacks a direct measure of ‘party system change’. The Sartori approach to party system change is not the only legitimate way to understand this concept, but it does target an undoubtedly important feature of political systems – namely the stability of interactions among relevant parties. This article develops a new indicator, the index of fluidity, which measures the extent of such stability. Applying the index to Africa, we show that there is significant cross-national variation in fluidity and weak correlation between fluidity and (Pedersen) volatility.
Pelizzo, Riccardo, and Zim Nwokora. "Bridging the Divide: Measuring Party System Change and Classifying Party Systems." Politics & Policy 44.6 (2016): 1017-1052.
Abstract: Party systems research has proceeded along two parallel lines of inquiry, one predominantly “qualitative” and the other “quantitative.” This article attempts to bridge this divide in two ways. First, by showing that qualitative information can be valuable in the construction of quantitative measures. Second, by showing that the results from applying theoretically sensitive measurement tools can be useful for qualitative classification. These analyses are performed using an original dataset of party system changes in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Substantive Focus:
Governance PRIMARY
Comparative Public Policy SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY
Public Opinion SECONDARY