Giacomo Benedetto

Senior Lecturer in Politics, Royal Holloway

I have published research on the European Parliament, the British House of Commons, the constitutional and budgetary politics of the EU and on Euroscepticism in the Journal of European Public Policy, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Common Market Studies, Party Politics and in the Journal of Public Policy. In 2012, Palgrave-Macmillan published my co-edited volume on the Reform of the European Union Budget. I am currently conducting research on the conintuity of consensus in the European Parliament following the Enlargement of the EU to ten new member states in 2004 and on the reform of the EU budget.

From 2009 to 2012, I was programme director of the interdisciplinary BA in European Studies and I teach courses at BA and MSc level in EU politics and policy, comparative democracy and democratization, and comparative institutional politics. In the past I have taught courses on government and public policy of France, comparative European politics, and at an introductory level on democracy in Europe. I also supervise two research students, one on the subject of the European Parliament committee system, and the other on EU anti-corruption policy.

Research interests: My main areas of research are budgetary decision-making in the EU and comparative legislative politics (with a particular focus on the European Parliament). I also have research interests in comparative electoral and party politics and in constitutional reform.
I am a member of Royal Holloway’s Centre for European Politics as well as the following external research networks: European Parliament Research Group, European Legislative Politics Research Group and of the European Parties, Elections and Referendums Network.

My PhD thesis (London School of Economics) of 2005 on Institutionalised Consensus in the European Parliament is now available for download here for free subject to academic or not-for-profit use as well as due citation as follows - Benedetto, Giacomo (2005) Institutionalised consensus in Europe’s parliament. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London. It is accessible at:


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Politics, Royal Holloway