Antonio La Spina is professor at the political sciences department in the scientific sector of Sociology of law, deviance and social change (SPS/12). In the academic year 2020/2021 he teaches Analysis and evaluation of public policies; Sociology of law, deviance and organized crime; Welfare and labor market policies. He is one of the directors of the Master's Degree in Management and Policies for Public Administration in Management. Former codirector of the Rivista italiana di politiche pubbliche. Former national coordinator of three Research Projects of National Interest (PRIN). Former scientific director of EU supported research projects (IFO, Fondazione Chinnici for DG Justice; GLODERS, Seventh Framework Program, Palermo unit). Former national coordinator of the Sociology of law section of the Italian Association of Sociology (AIS). Has taught at the following universities: Palermo, Milano Cattolica, Messina, Macerata, Lumsa Palermo. Former chairman of the Joint Committee State-Sicilian Region. Former director of the targeted project “Regulatory Impact Assessment” (AIR) at the Department for public administration of the Italian Presidency of the Council. Former research fellow and Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. Obtained a PhD in Sociology of law at Milan State University. Former Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) grant-holder at the Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer and the Facolty of Sociology in Bielefeld (with Niklas Luhmann). Chevening Scholar with the British Council at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Among his recent books: The Politics of Public Administration Reform in Italy (with S. Cavatorto), Palgrave Macmillan, 2020; Politiche pubbliche: analisi e valutazione, Mulino, 2020; Mafia-type Organisations and Extortion in Italy (edited with G. Di Gennaro), Routledge, 2017; Il mondo di mezzo. Mafie e antimafie, Mulino, 2016.