Antonio La Spina is presently full professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the Department of Political Science, LUISS University "Guido Carli", Rome. He is one of the directors (with Bernardo Mattarella) of the Master's Degree in Management and Policies for Public Administration at the Luiss School of Government. He is also member of the Bachelet Center, of the Journal Amministrazione in cammino, of the newly formed Observatory on Italian public policies (which he is going to coordinate). Formerly he taught at the Universities of Palermo, Catholic in Milan (Security policies and their evaluation; Sociology of law), Messina, Macerata. At the University of Palermo he was: full professor of Sociology of law (1998-2002); chairman of the advisory Committee for research funding, 014, Social and Political Sciences; director of the Department of social sciences; chairman of the degree courses in Communication Sciences; director of the School of Journalism "Mario Francese"; director of the postgraduate school in Institutions and Techniques for the protection of human rights; chairman of the Ph.D. course in "Sociology, territory and rural development". At the University of Messina he was, among other things, director of the Department of social studies "Vincenzo Tomeo". He was the national coordinator of the section on Sociology of law of the Italian Association of sociology. He also was the national coordinator of three research projects of national interest (PRIN): "Legal culture and public policies in Italy", "Dimensions of development", "The networks of organized crime". Member of the following journals: Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche, Rassegna italiana di sociologia, Aggiornamenti sociali, Studi di Sociologia, Rivista economica del Mezzogiorno. Director of the series "Comunicazione, Istituzioni e mutamento sociale", Franco Angeli, with double blind anonymous referees.
Director of the targeted Project "Regulatory impact analysis", Department of Public Administration, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Rome (2000-2001); scientific director of the Formez-Cipa project on the diffusion of Regulatory impact assessment in the Italian Regions (2002); scientific director of the research group for the preparation of a comparative report on regulatory impact assessment in ten European countries, on behalf of the Italian, Irish and Dutch presidencies of the European Union (2004); expert in the Department for the implementation of the program of the Presidency of the Council of ministers (2007-2008); consultant of the Parliamentary bi-cameral committee for the inquiry on the cycle of waste trafficking (2008).
Jean Monnet fellow at the Law Department of the European University Institute, Florence (1989/90); research fellow at the Social and Political Sciences Department, EUI, in the project "Regulating Europe" directed by G. Majone (1990/91). Research fee student at the London School of Economics and Political Science and at Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (1987), with a British Council grant; research stays at the Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld, with Niklas Luhmann, and at the Hochschule fuer Verwaltungswissenschaften, Speyer (1985-86), with a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) grant. PhD in Sociology of Law, Università statale, Milan (1987). Degree in Law, University of Palermo (1982). Degree in Social work (Esis Vittorelli, Palermo).
His writings include: : I costi dell'illegalità. Una ricerca sul sestiere della Maddalena a Genova (ed.), Fondazione Rocco Chinnici, Mulino, 2013; "The Fight against the Italian Mafia", in Oxford Handbook on Organized Crime, ed. L. Paoli, Oxford Univ. Press, 2013; Analisi e valutazione delle politiche pubbliche (with E. Espa), Mulino, 2011; I costi dell'illegalità. Camorra ed estorsioni in Campania (ed. with G. Di Gennaro, Fond. Chinnici), Mulino, 2010; I dirigenti pubblici e i nodi del cambiamento (ed. with V. Antonelli), Luiss Academy, Amc, 2010; Comunicazione pubblica e burocrazia (with A. Cangemi), Franco Angeli, 2009; Fondazione Rocco Chinnici, I costi dell'illegalità. Mafia ed estorsioni in Sicilia (ed.), Mulino, 2008; Le autorità indipendenti (with S. Cavatorto), Mulino, 2008; Mafia, legalità debole e sviluppo del Mezzogiorno, Mulino, 2005; La politica per il Mezzogiorno, Mulino, 2003; Lo Stato regolatore (with G. Majone), Mulino, 2000; "Recent Anti-Mafia Strategies: The Italian Experience", in D. Siegel e H. Nelen (eds.), Organized Crime. Cuture, Markets and Policies, Springer, 2008; "The Paradox of Effectiveness: Growth, Institutionalization and Evaluation of Anti-Mafia Policies in Italy", in C. Fijnaut and L. Paoli (eds.) Organised Crime in Europe: Conceptions, Patterns, and Policies in the European Union and beyond, Springer, 2004; La decisione legislativa – Lineamenti di una teoria, Giuffrè, 1989.