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Arianna Piacentini

Arianna Piacentini

Arianna Piacentini obtained her PhD in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research at the University of Milan in 2018. Her researches focus on ethnically divided societies, power-sharing, nationalism, and patronage politics. She has been Visiting Researcher at the University of Cambridge, UK (2015), SS. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, North MK (2016), University of Sarajevo, BiH (2017), as well as Research Fellow at the CAS SEE University of Rijeka, Croatia (2018) and post-doctoral researcher at EURAC Research, Bolzano - South Tyrol, Italy (2019-21). Dr. Piacentini is currently teaching assistant in Political Sociology at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy (2021-).


Arianna has authored the following monograph Ethnonationalitys Evolution in Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia. Politics, Institutions and Intergenerational Dis-continuities. Palgrave MacMillan 2020 ISBN-10: 3030391884

Papers Published in International Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Piacentini A. 2020. ‘Ethnopolitics and the mobilization of collective identities across regimes and generations. The case of the Republic of North Macedonia’, Southeastern Europe, 44:3, pp. 1-26
  • Piacentini, A. 2020. “Non-Aligned Citizens”: Ethnic Power-Sharing and Non-Ethnic Identities in Bosnia The Case of Sarajevo. Nationalities Papers, pp. 1–14
  • Piacentini A. 2019. “Trying to fit in”: multiethnic parties, ethno-clientelism and power-sharing in Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia’, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 25: 3, pp. 273-291
  • Piacentini A. 2019. ‘State’s Ownership and “State-Sharing”. The role of Collective Identities and the Socio-Political Cleavage between Ethnic Macedonians and Ethnic Albanians in the Republic of Macedonia’, Nationalities Paper, 47: 3, pp. 461-476
  • Piacentini A., 2018. ‘The weight of ethnic collectivism. Youth, ethnicity and boundaries in post-conflict Bosnia Herzegovina’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 18.3, pp. 262 280


  • Piacentini A. 2021. Others’ and Consociational Democracy. Citizens, Civil Society, and Politics in South Tyrol and Bosnia Herzegovina. EURAC research: Bolzano/Bozen. (This project has received funding from the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen, Mobility Call for Proposal 2018, grant agreement No 34, Unique Project Code (CUP): D56C18001850003) DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4519229

Book Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Piacentini A. 2020. ‘Save the People! Elite-People Relations and the Surge of Nationalism and Right-Wing Populism across Europe’, in VVAA. 2020 European Yearbook of Minority Issues EYMI, vol. 17, pp. 3-22  ISBN:978-90-04-28420-3
  • De Cesari C., I. Bosilkov, A. Piacentini 2020. ‘(Why) do Eurosceptics believe in a common European heritage?’ in De Cesari C., A. Kaya (eds.) European memory in populism. Representations of Self and Others, Routledge, pp. 26-46. ISBN 978-1-138-31811-3
  • Piacentini A. 2019. “You have a duty if you are a Sarajevan”. Young adults in Sarajevo.’ in ‘Sarajevo, Il racconto di una città - An account of a City’, Lettera Ventidue Edizioni S.r.l. ISBN: 978-88-6242-382-3
  • Piacentini A. 2019. ‘Make Macedonia Great Again - The New Face of Skopje and the Macedonians Identity Dilemma’ in Doğan E. (ed.) Reinventing Eastern Europe – Imaginarıes, Identities and Transformations, Transnational Press London, pp. 77-94. ISBN 978-1-910781-87-6
  • Piacentini A. 2019. ‘Fragmented Democracy in Dayton’s Bosnia Herzegovina. Institutions, Political Parties and the Youth’ in Augusteijn J., M. De Vries, C. Hijzen (eds.) Historical Perspectives on Democracies and their Adversaries, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 253-277. ISBN 978-3-030-20123-4

Book reviews

  • Ruth-Lovell S., M. Spirova (eds.) 2019. Clientelism and Democratic Representation in Comparative Perspective, London, New York: ECPR PRESS, Rowman & Littlefield. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 2021 (forthcoming) DOI:10.1080/13537113.2021.1872955
  • Flere S., R. Klanjšek (eds.) 2019. The rise and fall of Socialist Yugoslavia. Elite nationalism and the collapse of a Federation, Lanham, London: Lexington Books, Nations and Nationalism 2021 (forthcoming) DOI: 10.1111/nana.12728
  • Keil S., A. McCulloch (eds.) 2021. Power-Sharing in Europe. Past Practice, Present Cases, and Future Directions. Palgrave Macmillan. Publius -The Journal of Federalism (forthcoming)

Papers under Review in International Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Everyday state-capture: clientelism and the client-masses’ role. Evidences from the Balkans. 
  • Making an identity choice: pragmatism and opportunism in (and beyond) consociational systems. Evidences from South Tyrol and Bosnia Herzegovina’, 

Online Contributions