Alberta M. Sbragia

  • Professor Emeritus


Director, Center for West European Studies (CWES) and European Union Center

Research Professor, University Center for International Studies

Member, Permanent Research Committee on European Unification, International Political Science Association (IPSA)

Co-Program Chair (with John A. Garcia) of the 1999 American Political Science Association Conference, “Political Science and the World of Politics and Policy,” 95th Annual Meeting, September 2-5, 1999, Atlanta, Georgia.

Chair, European Community Studies Association (ECSA), 1993-95; Member, Executive Committee, (1995-97); ex officio member of executive committee since 1997.

President, Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society (CONGRIPS), 1995-97; Vice-President, Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society (CONGRIPS) 1993-95; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, 1988-1997.

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974

Representative Publications


Comparative Regionalism in an Age of Globalization (tentative title), CQ Press (under contract).

Debt Wish: Entrepreneurial Cities, U.S. Federalism, and Economic Development. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996. Nominated as one of the best books of 1996 APSA’s Urban Politics Section 1996 Best Book Committee.

Euro-Politics: Politics and Policymaking in the “New” European Community. Edited book, Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, 1992.

The Municipal Money Chase: The Politics of Local Government Finance. Edited book, Boulder, CO: Westview, Press, 1983.


“The EU and its 'Constitution': Public Opinion, Political Elites, and their International Context,” in PS: Political Science and Politics, April 2006.

“Territory, Electorates, and Markets In the United States: The Construction of Democratic Federalism and Its Implications for the European Union,” and “Post-National Democracy as Post-National Democratization,” in Democracy and Federalism in the EU and US: Exploring Post-National Governance, edited by Sergio Fabbrini, Routledge, 2005.

“Shaping a Polity in an Economic and Monetary Union: The EU in Comparative Perspective,” in Euros and Europeans, edited by George Ross and Andrew Martin, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

“Territory, Representation, and Policy Outcome: The United States and the European Union Compared,” in Christopher Ansell and Giuseppe Di Palma (eds.) On Restructuring Territoriality: Europe and North America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

“La Democrazia Post-Nazionale: Una Sfida Per La Scienza Politica.” Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica. Vol XXXIV, no.1, Aprile 2004, pp.43-68.

“The Treaty of Nice, Institutional Balance, and Uncertainty,” Conclusion to Special Issue of Governance, Vol. 15, No. 3, July 2002, pp. 393-412.

"Italy Pays for Europe: Political Leadership, Political Choice and Institutional Adaptation," in Maria Green Cowles, James Caporaso, and Thomas Risse (eds.), Transforming Europe: Europeanization and Domestic Change, Cornell University Press, 2001, pp. 79-96.

“Governance, the State, and the Market: What is Going on?” Governance April 2000, 13,2:243-250.

“Environmental Policy: From Excitement to Problem-Solving” in Helen and William Wallace (eds.), Policy-making in the European Union, 4th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2000.

“Italy Pays for Europe: Political Leadership, Political Choice, and Institutional Adaptation” in Maria Green Cowles, James Caporaso, and Thomas Risse (eds.), Transforming Europe: Europeanization and Domestic Change, Cornell University Press, 2000.

“The European Union as Coxswain: Governance by Steering” in Jon Pierre (ed.), Debating Governance: Authority, Democracy and Steering, Oxford University Press, 2000.

“The Changing Role of the EU in International Environmental Policy” (with Chad Damro) Government and Policy (February 1999, vol. 17) theme issue on European Union Environmental Policy at 25.

“Politics in the European Union” in Russell Dalton (ed.) European Politics Today, Adison Wesley Longman, 1998.

“The Transatlantic Relationship: A Case of ‘Deepening’ and ‘Broadening’” in Carolyn Rhodes (ed.), The European Union in the World Community, Boulder: Lynn Rienner, 1998.

“Institution-Building from Below and from Above: The European Union in Global Environmental Politics” in Alec Stone and Wayne Sandholtz (eds.), European Integration and Supranational Governance, Oxford University Press, 1998.

“The European Union and Compliance: A Story in the Making” in Edith Brown Weiss and Harold K. Jacobson (eds.), Engaging Countries: Strengthening Compliance with International Environmental Accords, Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998 (Co-authored with Philipp Hildebrand).

“The Push-Pull of Environmental Policy-Making” in Helen and William Wallace (eds.), Policy-Making in the European Union, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press, 1996.

“From ‘Nation-State’ to ‘Member-State’: The Evolution of the European Community” in Paul Michael Luetzeler (ed.) Europe After Maastricht: American and European Perspectives. Providence: Berhahn Books, 1994.

“The European Community: A Balancing Act” Publius: The Journal of Federalism (Summer 1993) 23,3:23-38.

“Pittsburgh’s ‘Third Way’: The Nonprofit Sector as a Key to Urban Regeneration” in Dennis Judd and Michael Parkinson (eds.) Leadership and Urban Regeneration: Cities in North American and Europe. Urban Affairs Annual Review, Vol 37, Sage Publications, 1990.

“The Pittsburgh Model of Economic Development: Partnership, Responsiveness and Indifference” in Gregory D. Squires (ed.) Unequal Partnerships: The Political Economy of Urban Economic Redevelopment in Post War America. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1989.

“Capital Markets and Central-local Politics in Britain” British Journal of Political Science (July 1986) 16:311-33.

Research Interests

Comparative politics, Western Europe, European Union politics, comparative federalism


Area of Study