Adriana Ciancio is the coordinator of the Project. She is Associate Professor with tenure position in Constitutional Law at University of Catania (Italy); Visiting Professor in the “School of Italian and European Law” of the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw (Poland); Participation in the project of internationalization of the Faculty of Law, University of Catania on “The construction of European identity: collective security, individual freedom and models of social regulation”, funded by the MIUR for 2004-2006; Participation in the activities of the European Constitutional Law Network “Econet”, instituted at the University of Catania within a joint programme with other foreign Universities; Participation in the Summer school on “Issues of Constitutional Law between Italy and Russian Federation” (University of Catania and University MGIMO of Moscow, 2009); Author of many publications on topics of EU Constitutional Law and matters of European Integration, in which she aims to demonstrate that nowadays it’s necessary to unhook the concept of Democracy from its etymology, based on the idea of ”people” as a group of citizens, to get a new meaning in which the “heart” of each democratic system is the “person” and the human dignity. 

Maurizio Caserta is Full Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and Business of the University of Catania. Alongside his main interests in the field of macroeconomics and growth, he has recently been involved in the interesting and still promising area of economic analysis of Institutions. Law courts and parliamentary institutions have been the main focus of his interests in the area. The issue addressed in both cases is that of efficiency. The issue of efficiency of law courts is a multifaceted one ranging from the minimization of administrative procedures costs to the quality of courts ruling. Similarly the issue of parliament efficiency ranges from minimization of the functioning costs of the institution to the quality of parliament outcomes. 

Anna Alaimo is Associate Professor with tenure position in Labour Law at the University of Catania since 2002; Ph.D in Labour law in 1991; member of the Bar Association of Catania; member of Committee against mobbing (University of Catania); member of TIMAD (Interdepartmental Centre for the Study of Information Technologies applied to Law - University of Catania); founding member of the Research Centre for the Study of European Labour Law entitled to the memory of “Massimo D’Antona”; member of the PhD board of PhD course in "Teoria e prassi della regolazione sociale nell'U.E.". She works in the field of labour law and industrial relations since 1986. Her production covers several subjects: wage, atypical works (specifically, part-time), worker’s participation and financial participation, globalization and transnational collective negotiation, European social dialogue. Her last books are (a) a monography about right to work, labour market and public employment services in Europe and in Italy (2009); (b) a book about trade union law and industrial relations in Italy (2012). 

Andrea Rapisarda is Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of  Catania University, Associate Research Scientist of INFN (Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics), Codirector of the Lipari School on Complex Systems and Member of the Editorial Board of Physica A.  His main research interests are statistical mechanics and complex systems. In the last years, he started to work on applications of mathematical and computational models to social and economic systems,  demonstrating how the application of random strategies  in a hierarchical organization allows, under certain conditions, to circumvent the so-called "Peter Principle" and to improve the  efficiency of the organization. This interdisciplinary research received much attention by  the international community (see link) and was also awarded with the 2010 Ig Nobel prize for Management at Harvard University (USA). Recently, considering a model of a Parliament,  he showed how  the introduction  of a given percentage of common citizens, selected by lot and independent from the political parties, allows to increase the efficiency of the parliament itself, in terms of both approved laws and "social welfare". This study has also  stimulated a wide international interest (see link

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Link to "Democrazia a Sorte.Ovvero la Sorte della Democrazia", Malcor'd Ed. 2012

Alberto Andronico is Associate Professor with tenure position in Philosophy of Law at the University of Catania. From 2002 to 2004 he has been Partner of the 5th European Framework Programme in Research and Development on “Collective Learning as a Contribution to Reflexive Governance. Its Application to Social and Biodiversity Protection Policies of the European Union”, coordinated by Prof. Jacques Lenoble. He held lectures (1998-2001) at the “Corso per la formazione del giurista europeo” instituted by LUISS University (Roma) and at the course (2006-2007) of “Ius civile dell’Europa comune: fondamenti storici e prospettive di integrazione giuridica”, instituted by the Faculty of Law, University of Catania, within a joint programme with other Italian and foreign universities and institutions. His postgraduate education includes a PhD in Philosophy of Law conferred by the University of Padova and a Diplome d’etudes en Philosophie du Droit conferred by the University of Montepellier. 


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