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Theses Defended in the SPS Department


For theses in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, please consult the EUI Publications Repository, Cadmus. The Library keeps a copy of all Ph.D. theses defended at the Department of Political and Social Sciences.

Unless specifically requested by the author, a copy of a Ph.D. thesis may be taken out on loan.


Theses defended in 2018  



Lars Berntzen 120xTitle: The Anti-Islamic Movement. Far Right and Liberal?

Jury: Donatella della Porta (EUI/SNS Florence, supervisor), Susi Meret (Aalborg University), Olivier Roy (EUI), Jens Rydgren (Stockholm University)

Thesis defended on 23 February 2018, Bio & Abstract


Lela ChakhaiaTitle: Educational Inequalities in Transition: The Cases of Russia and Georgia

Jury: Gabriele Ballarino (University of Milan), Fabrizio Bernardi (EUI, Supervisor), Klarita Gërxhani (EUI), Irena Kogan (University of Mannheim)

Thesis defended on 21 June 2018, Bio & Abstract


ChapkovskiTitle: Collective Sanctions: An experimental approach

Jury: Diego Gambetta (EUI, Supervisor), Elias Dinas (EUI), Andreas Flache (University of Groningen), Siegwart Lindenberg (Tilburg University)

Thesis defended on 14 September 2018, Bio & Abstract


Luc ChauvinTitle: A la recherche de l'autonomie en Méditerranée postcoloniale: l'exemple du Hip-Hop algérien

Jury: Donatella della Porta (formerly EUI/SNS) (in absentia), Yves Gonzales-Quijano (Univ. Lyon 2), Thomas Hippler (Univ. Caen, Normandie), Olivier Roy (EUI/RSCAS) (Supervisor)

Thesis defended on 14 June, 2018, Bio & Abstract

Riccardo Emilio CHESTA (IT)

TRiccardo Fotoitle: Contentious Politcs of Expertise. Experts, Activists and Grassroots Environmentalism

Jury: Donatella della Porta (SNS/EUI, supervisor), Gianpaolo Baiocchi (New York University), Luigi Pellizzoni (University of Pisa), Stephane van Damme (EUI)

Thesis defended on 18 October 2018, Bio & Abstract 



Daniela CHIRONI (IT)

Chironi webTitle: Radical Left Parties and Social Movements: Strategic Interactions

Jury: Donatella della Porta (EUI/SNS) (Supervisor), Philippe C. Schmitter (EUI), Luke March (University of Edinburgh), Ken Roberts (Cornell University - by videoconference)

Thesis defended on 25 July 2018, Bio & Abstract


Koen 120Title: Public Policy and Inequality in Higher Education

Jury: Hanspeter Blossfeld (EUI/University of Bamberg, supervisor), Fabrizio Bernardi (EUI), Herman van der Werfhorst (University of Amsterdam), Carlo Barone (Sciences Po Paris)

Thesis defended on 13 February 2018, Bio & Abstract

Nisida GJOKSI (AT)

Nisida GjoksiTitle: Contested party–state relations in reforming the civil service in Albania and FYR Macedonia, 2000–13

Jury: László Bruszt (EUI/CEU) (Supervisor), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI), Jan-Meyer Sahling (Nottingham University), Isabela Mares (Columbia University) (via videolink) 

Thesis defended on 17 May 2018, Bio & Abstract


Despoina Karamperidou 120xTitle: The Business of State-Building. How Business Shaped Local Government Performance in Post-Conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jury: László Bruszt (formerly EUI, SNS Florence) (Supervisor), Dorothee Bohle (EUI), Ioannis Armakolas (University of Macedonia), Florian Bieber (University of Graz)

Thesis defended on 15 January 2018, Bio & Abstract


Joao_LabaredaTitle: A Theory of Distributive Justice for the European Union

Jury: Rainer Bauböck, EUI (Supervisor), Jennifer Welsh (EUI), Andrea Sangiovanni (King's College London), Lea Ypi (London School of Economics) 

Thesis defended on 22 May 2018, Bio & Abstract 


NinaTitle: The asymmetric impact of Europe on national parliaments. The Swedish case

Jury: Stefano Bartolini (EUI), Torbjörn Bergman (Umeå University) (external co-supervisor), Christoffer Green-Pedersen (Univ. Aarhus), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor)

Thesis defended on 6 March, 2018, Bio & Abstract

Didem ORAL (TR)

ORAL_pictureTitle: Peace Movements in Militaristic Societies. Israel and Turkey as Unidentical Twins

Jury: Donatella della Porta (EUI/SNS, supervisor), Olivier Roy (EUI), Klaus Eder (Humboldt-Universität), Joel S. Migdal (University of Washington - by videolink)

Thesis defended on 17 May 2018, Bio & Abstract




PALACIOS, IreneTitle: The Effect of Institutions on Europeans’ Aspirations and Evaluations of Democracy

Jury: Stefan Dahlberg (Univ. Bergen), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor), Laura Morales (Sciences Po, Paris), Alexander H. Trechsel (Co-Supervisor) (formerly EUI/Univ. Lucerne)

Thesis defended on 19 May 2018, Bio & Abstract



Lorenzo PICCOLI (IT)

Lorenzo PiccoliTitle: The politics of regional citizenship. Explaining variation in the right to health care for undocumented immigrants across Italian regions, Spanish autonomous communities, and Swiss cantons

Jury: Rainer Bauböck (EUI, Supervisor),  Andrew Geddes, (EUI), Maurizio Ferrera (University of Milan), Liesbet Hooghe (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) (via videolink)

Thesis defended on 11 April 2018, Bio & Abstract

Julia RONE (BG)

julia_webTitle: "Don't worry, we are from the Internet!" The Diffusion of Protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in the Age of Austerity

Jury: Donatella della Porta (SNS Florence/EUI, supervisor), László Bruszt (SNS Florence/EUI - in absentia), Paolo Gerbaudo (King's College London), Sebastian Haunss (BIGSSS, University of Bremen)

Thesis defended on 22 February 2018, Bio & Abstract

Anchalee Miriam RUELAND (DE)

Anchalee RülandTitle: Norms in Conflict. An Analysis of State Responses to Norm Conflict in Southeast Asia

Jury: Jennifer Welsh (EUI, Supervisor), Jörn Dosch (University of Rostock), Ulrich Krotz (EUI), Wayne Sandholtz (USC Dornsife) (via videolink)

Thesis defended on 20 September 2018, Bio & Abstract


niels selling01Title: Unity or Fracture? Explaining Political Preference Formation Among Large American, British, and German Firms

Jury: Pepper Culpepper (University of Oxford / formerly EUI, Supervisor), Philipp Genschel (EUI), Mark Mizruchi (University of Michigan), Stefano Pagliari (City University of London)

Thesis defended on 28 May 2018, Bio & Abstract


Tiago Casa Da SilvaTitle: Uninformative News or Hollow Campaigns? Political Campaign on the Social Networking Site and the Traditional Media Coverage

Jury: Alexander H. Trechsel (University of Lucerne/EUI - supervisor), Stefano Bartolini (EUI), Carlos Jalali (Universidade de Aveiro), Thomas Poguntke (PRuF)

Thesis defended on 12 June 2018, Bio & Abstract


Igor Skulkin Photo1Title: Why Incumbents Survive: Authoritarian Dominance and Regime Persistence in Russia

Jury: Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor), Vladimir Gel'man (Univ. St. Petersburg/Univ. Helsinki), Anton Hemerijck (EUI), John Ora Reuter (Univ. Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

Thesis defended on 20 September 2018, Bio & Abstract

Katharina WOLF (DE)

Katharina WolfTitle: Europe's Military Responses to Humanitarian Crises

Jury: Ulrich Krotz (EUI, Supervisor),  Antonio Missiroli (NATO), James Sperling (University of Akron), Jennifer Welsh (EUI)

Thesis defended on 13 April 2018, Bio & Abstract


picture Tomasz webTitle: Towards Fiscalization of the European Union? The European and American Fiscal Unions in a comparative historical perspective

Jury: Alexander H. Trechsel (University of Lucerne/EUI - supervisor), Sergio Fabbrini (LUISS Guido Carli), Alojzy Z. Nowak (University of Warsaw), Sven H. Steinmo (University of Colorado, Boulder - by videoconference)

Thesis defended on 15 March 2018, Bio & Abstract


Parthena 120Title: Discursive movement politics of the crisis: frames, "subjects" and cultures of sociopolitical contestation. A comparative analysis of the anti-austerity and pro-democracy mobilization of Greece and Spain

Jury: Donatella della Porta (SNS/EUI, supervisor), Olivier Roy (EUI), Cristina Flesher Fominaya (Loughborough University), Maria Kousis (University of Crete - by videoconference)

Thesis defended on 17 May 2018, Bio & Abstract


ZhurlavevTitle: Microsociology of big events: the dynamics of eventul solidarities in "For fair elections" and Euromaidan protest movements

Jury: Donatella della Porta (SNS/EUI, supervisor), László Bruszt (Central European University), Nina Eliasoph (University of Southern California - by videoconference), Laurent Thévenot (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)

Thesis defended on 22 October 2018, Bio & Abstract

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