Giorgio Farace

 

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Politics (2019 cohort)

I am an MPhil student in Politics (Comparative Government) at Merton College. I am particularly interested in voting behaviour, electoral systems, and rational choice theory. In my thesis, I aim to investigate quantitatively how voters in advanced democracies respond to major shifts in the international balance of power. For instance, one question that my research might answer is whether we can partly explain the recent surge in extremism in the West with the emergence of China as a superpower and its challenge to a US-led global order. 

Before coming to Oxford, I completed a BSc in International Politics and Government at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). My thesis was an empirical study of the effect of economic globalization on the rise of nationalism in Italy. Prior to graduating, I spent a semester as an exchange student at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY).