Cultures of sovereignty, transformations of democracy and dynamics of power in the global age

PRIN 2017

The research aims to analyse the transformations in the «cultures of sovereignty». The project seeks to put into adequate relevance the cultural profile of sovereignty, neglected (if not radically ignored) by the principal strands of study. The main hypothesis that underlies this research project is that sovereignty is also the cultural product of an interaction between political subjects. For this reason, the transformations of the State do not only involve the bureaucratic ‘machine’, the relations between government institutions and economic subjects, or relations with other States in the international arena, but also concern the cultural modalities in which these dynamics are conceptualized and organized. The objective of the survey is therefore to reconstruct the cultural process with which the State is produced, defined and constantly redefined in the course of interaction between domestic and international political subjects. Starting from these premises, the research intends to develop along two main lines: 1. a genealogical-historical line, aimed at rethinking modern sovereignty from an original perspective; 2. a line aimed at investigating the consequences that the transformation in the cultures of sovereignty implies on the structures of contemporary democratic systems.

Project duration

Unibo Team Leader

Prof. Raffaele Laudani


Prof. Damiano Palano


Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (Italy)

Università degli Studi di Padova

Università degli Studi di Salerno

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano


 123.640 Euro 

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