Michelangelo Vercesi is Research Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Center for the Study of Democracy (ZDEMO)/Institute of Political Science (IPW) of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pavia. He previously was Adjunct Lecturer (Professore a contratto) in 'Italian Political System' at the University of Milan, collaborated with EuVisions, an observatory and data collection project on the social dimension of European integration, and held visiting positions both in Germany and Austria. His research focuses on comparative government, political elites and leadership, political parties, and parliaments. He is member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Political Studies Association (PSA), Council for European Studies (CES), and Italian Political Science Association (SISP) as well as of several standing and specialist groups for the study of political leadership, political parties and institutions, political sociology and elites, and Italian Politics.
[I]t is not his possession of knowledge, of irrefutable truth, that makes the man of science, but his persistent and recklessly critical quest for truth. (K.R. Popper, 'The Logic of Scientific Discovery',  2005, p. 281, emphasis in original)