Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center


Lodici, Claudio

Title/s:  Adjunct Professor



Claudio Lodici (1959) teaches Political Science. Claudio is coordinator of the Biennial Colloquy on the State of Democracy, a multi-year initiative to promote a study on the state of democracy in the world. The Colloquy is organized, in every-other-year sessions, by Loyola University Chicago in collaboration with Oxford University, King’s College London and Università di Bologna. At Loyola University Chicago Claudio teaches courses on comparative government and European Union government and politics. Claudio is member of the International Coalition for Democratic Renewal (ICDR), a global initiative of a group of intellectuals, activists, and politicians, concerned with the expansion of power and influence of authoritarian regimes and the simultaneous weakening of democratic systems from within. The ICDR includes Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich, writer, political scientist and philosopher Francis Fukuyama, Russian chess grandmaster and political activist Garry Kasparov, French philosopher Bernard-Hénri Levy. A former senior staff member with the Italian Senate, he worked in the Ministry of Budget (1982) and in the Ministry of Defense (1985-87). From 1987 to 1994 Claudio served as staff director and top aide to the President of the Italian Senate. From 1985 to 1989 he was vice president of the Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders, Washington, DC. Claudio is Visiting Fellow of the Progressive Policy Institute, Washington, DC. His current writing and field research projects focus on the key challenges facing liberal democracy, including growing inequalities, sluggish growth, dysfunctional government, unaccountability, populism, illiberal democracy, authoritarianism.