The Libera Università degli Studi Sociali (LUISS)Guido Carli” in Rome, Italy is a private university established in Rome that evolved out of an earlier Roman academic institution, the Pro Deo, between 1974 and 1978. At its four faculties of Economics and Finance, Business and Management, Law, and Political Science. LUISS offers an innovative and sophisticated educational approach. Further information about LUISS Guido Carli University is available here.

The ICEDD International Center on Democracy and Democratization was founded in 2011 as part of the Department of Political Science at LUISS. The center studies the democratization process in different areas of the world and also looks at other, more specific topics, such as evaluating the quality of democracy. It follows in the footsteps of the International Center for Transition Studies, established in 2002. Its research is mainly of a multi-disciplinary nature, with a special focus on political science and contemporary history. It takes a multi-method approach that is at once quantitative and qualitative, comparative and centered on individual cases.

Research is conducted by LUISS faculty members and by other scholars who are affiliated with universities both in Italy and abroad. The center is part of a wider network of international centers, all of which are dedicated to studying the democratization process.