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Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti

Lorenzo Fioramonti is a Professor at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of Governance (Germany) and Associate Fellow at the United Nations University. Prof Fioramonti is the first and only Jean Monnet Chair in Africa, a prestigious recognition awarded by the European Commission to distinguished academics in the field of regional integration studies. In 2012, Prof Fioramonti received the UP Exceptional Young Researcher Award. His most recent books are How Numbers Rule the World: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics (Zed Books 2014) and Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number (Zed Books 2013), which deal with the political interests behind economic statistics and market governance. His research interests range from alternative economic paradigms to the governance of the commons, global political innovations and new forms of supranational regionalism. Prof Fioramonti’s opinion pieces have been published, among others, by The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, Business Day, Die Presse, Das Parlament, Der Freitag, The Mail&Guardian and

Research focus:

European studies and comparative regionalism, and the role of civil society in democratisation and democratic deepening

Recent publications:

In referred, peer-reviewed academic journals:

  • 2013: Fioramonti, l. And Thumler, E., ‘Civil Society, Crisis and Change: Towards a Theoretical Framework,’ The Journal of Civil Society, 9 (2): 225-232.
  • 2013: Fioramonti, L. And Thumler, E., ‘Accountability, Democracy and Post-Growth: Civil Society Rethinking Political Economy and Finance,’ The Journal of Civil Society, 9 (2): 117-128.
  • 2012: Fioramonti, L., ‘Micro-Assistance to Democracy: Two Revolutions in Promoting Consolidation of Democracy in Developing Countries,’ Strategic Review of Southern Africa, 34 (2): 110-127.
  • 2012: Fioramonti, L. (ed.), Regionalism in a Changing World. Perspectives from Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America, Special Issue of The International Spectator, 47 (1): 176p.  In particular, Fioramonti, L. ‘ Building Regions from Below: Has Time for Regionalism 2.0?’: 151-160.
  • 2011: Fioramonti, L. And Thumler, E., ‘The Financial Crisis and the Nonprofit Sector: Can Philanthropic Foundations Support the Creation of a Civic Watchdog of International Finance?,’ International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, 13 (3): 33-42.
  • 2011: Fioramonti, L. ‘Poteri emergenti nell’economia politica internazionale: il caso di India, Brasile e Sudafrica’ Quaderni Forum, 2/2009.
  • 2011: Fioramonti, L. & Kimunguyi, ‘Europe vs. China in Africa: public opinion and elite views in Kenya and South Africa’, The International Spectator, 46 (1): 69-82.
  • 2010: Fioramonti, L. ‘Europa Potenza Globale: un ridimensionamento delle ambizioni europee nei rapporti tra Nord e Sud del mondo’, Quaderni di Relazioni Internazionali, 13 October 2010: 44-56.
  • 2010: Fioramonti, L. & Fiori, A. ‘Civil Society After Democracy: the Evolution of Civic Activism in South Africa and Korea’, Journal of Civil Society, 6 (1): 25-40.
  • 2010: Fioramonti, L.& Fiori, A. ‘The Changing Role of Civil Society in Democratization: Evidence from South Africa and Korea’, African and Asian Studies, 9 (1-2): 83-104.


Refereed working papers and reports


  • 2012: ‘Human Security? The Weaknesses of the EU’s Involvement in Human Rights Crises’, EU-GRASP Policy Paper, March 2012, Brugge: United Nations University.



  • 2014: L. How Numbers Rule the World: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics, London: Zed Books.
  • 2013: (ed.) Civil Society and World Regions: How Citizens Are Reshaping Regional Governance in Times of Crisis, Lanham: Lexington.
  • 2013: With Thuemler, E. (eds) Citizens vs. Markets: How Civil Society Is Rethinking the Economy in a Time of Crises, London: Routledge. 
  • 2013: Gross Domestic Problem. The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number, London: Zed Books.


 Chapters in books

  • 2013: 'The European Union Promoting Human Rights and Democracy in Africa’, in T. Murithi (ed.), Handbook of Africa’s International Relations, London: Routledge.  
  • 2013: 'The European Union Promoting Development in Africa: the Economic Partnership Agreements as a Case of Aggressive Multilateralism', in C. Bouchard, J. Peterson and N. Tocci (eds.), Multilateralism in the 21sr Century: Europe’s Quest for Effectiveness, London: Routledge.  


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