Dr Giacomo Benedetto

Educational background

BA University of Sussex

MSc (Econ) London School of Economics and Political Science

PhD London School of Economics and Political Science

Personal profile

I was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Budget Policy in 2016 and I am Associate Editor of the international peer-reviewed European Journal of Government and Economics.

The website for my Jean Monnet Chair activities is located here.

My Jean Monnet youtube channel is located here.

I have published research on the European Union's Budget, the European Parliament, the British House of Commons, the constitutional 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 reform of the sources of revenue in the European Union Budget.

At present, I am programme director of the interdisciplinary BA in European Studies and I teach courses at BA and MSc level in EU history, politics and policy, comparative European politics, comparative democracy and democratization, and comparative institutional politics. In the past I have also taught courses on the government and public policy of France.

I supervise one PhD student, Adrian Hawley, who studies how public responses of EU member states to the 'collaborative' or 'sharing' economy are affected by differentiated integration within the context of the EU's single market for services.

I have also been the lead-supervisor to Dr Ana-Iuliana Postu who gained her PhD in 2015 on 'How Committees Run the European Parliament', and to Dr Albena Kuyumdzhieva whose PhD (awarded in 2018) focused on EU counter-corruption policy.

Research interests

My main areas of research are on the budgets and revenue of the European Union and comparative parliamentary politics (with a particular focus on the European Parliament). I also have research interests in comparative 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: the Study of Parliament Group, 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 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: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/848/



  • ES2001: Understanding the European Union: Politics and Theory (course leader)
  • ES3002: Public Policy of the European Union (course leader)
  • ES3003: Foreign Policy of the European Union (course leader)


  • PR5950: European Union Politics (course leader)
  • PR5951: European Union Budget, Revenue and Spending (course leader)

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