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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.




aagaardTitle: Family Formation and Stability in Western Welfare States Since 1960The Influence of Family and Housing Policy

Jury: Hans-Peter Blossfeld (Bamberg University / EUI) (Supervisor), Anton Hemerijck (EUI), Melinda Mills (University of Oxford), Jon Kvist (Roskilde University)

Thesis defended on 29 September 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract


ClemmTitle: Believing the news: How individual ideology and source credibility affect judgements of informational truth

Jury: Diego Gambetta (Collegio Carlo Alberto/EUI, Supervisor), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI), Heike Klüver (Humboldt University Berlin), Andrew Guess (Princeton University)

Thesis defended on 30 November 2020, Bio & Abstract



CremaschiTitle: Sheltered. Life and Work in Italy's Immigrant Ghettos

Jury: Diego Gambetta (Collegio Carlo Alberto / EUI) (Supervisor), Fabrizio Bernardi (EUI), Paolo Boccagni (University of Trento), Mitchell Duneier (Princeton University)

Thesis defended on 18 May 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract 


AdrianDelRio_new1Title: Should I Stay, or Should I Go? On the Determinants of Elite Defections in Electoral Autocracies

Jury: Stefano Bartolini (EUI Emeritus) (Supervisor), Elias Dinas (EUI); Jennifer Gandhi (Emory University) (External Co-Supervisor), Carl-Henrik Knutsen (Univ. Oslo)

Thesis defended on 26 May, 2020, Bio & Abstract

Wiebke DREWS (DE)

DrewsTitle: Digital Politics Across Contexts, SocialMedia, Parties and Citizens: Technological Opportunities and Challenges in Modern Democracies

Jury: Alexander H. Trechsel (University of Lucerne / formerly EUI) (Supervisor), Philipp Genschel (EUI), Luigi Curini (University of Milan), Rachel Gibson (University of Manchester)

Thesis defended on 12 November 2020, Bio & Abstract 


EdgarsEihmanisTitle: Between democracy, business power and international organisations: Explaining three distributive conflicts in taxation in Central and Eastern Europe

Jury: Pepper Culpepper (Oxford University/formerly EUI) (Supervisor), Philipp Genschel (EUI), Cornel Ban (Copenhagen Business School), Marek Naczyk (Oxford University)

Thesis defended on 2 October 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract



GandersonTitle: Politics by Association. Party Competition and Post-Crisis Bank Structural Reform in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany

Jury: Pepper Culpepper (Oxford University/formerly EUI, Supervisor), Anton Hemerijck (EUI), James Scott (King’s College London), Lucia Quaglia (University of Bologna)

Thesis defended on 14 September 2020, Bio & Abstract

Carlos Javier GIL HERNANDEZ (ES)


Title: Cracking Meritocracy from the Starting Gate. Social Inequality in Skill Formation and School Choice

Jury: Fabrizio Bernardi (EUI) (Supervisor), Juho Härkönen (EUI), Jonas Radl (WZB Berlin Social Science Center/Carlos III University), Leire Salazar (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)

Thesis defended on 29 October 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract


Giuliana Giuliani photoTitle: Who is older? Gender and age differences in heterosexual couples

Jury: Fabrizio Bernardi (EUI) (Supervisor), Clara Cortina (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Juho Härkönen (EUI), Jan Van Bavel (KU Leuven)

Thesis defended on 14 October 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract


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Title: Turning “Them” into “We”. The Impact of the Rotating European Union Council Presidency on the Member States

Jury: Ulrich Krotz (EUI, supervisor), Daniel Naurin (University of Gothenburg),Dimiter Toshkov (Leiden University), Alexander Trechsel (University of Lucerne/EUI, co-supervisor)

Thesis defended on 14 February 2020, Bio & Abstract 


Tore HammingTitle: Jihadi Politics: Fitna within the Sunni Jihadi Movement 2014-2019

Jury: Virginie Collombier (EUI/RSCAS), Thomas Hegghammer (Univ. Oslo), Stéphane Lacroix (Sciences Po) (external Co-Supervisor), Olivier Roy (EUI/RSCAS) (Supervisor)

Thesis defended on 28 October, 2020 Bio & Abstract

Sophia HUNGER (DE)

SHungerTitle: Is There a Populist Zeitgeist? Coming to Grips With an Elusive Phenomenon

Jury: Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor), Ellen Immergut (EUI), Sarah de Lange (Univ. Amsterdam), Heike Klüver (Humboldt Univ. Berlin)

Thesis defended on 6 July 2020 (in zoom), Bio & Abstract

Harpal HUNGIN (UK)

Harpal Singh HunginTitle: The Politics of Central Bank Reform. Post-financial crisis institutional reform in the USA and UK

Jury: Pepper Culpepper (University of Oxford/formerly EUI) (Supervisor), Dorothee Bohle (EUI), David Coen (UCL), Manuela Moschella (SNS) 

Thesis defended on 23 June 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract


Kandyla_picTitle: The Emperor’s New Clothes? Assessing the Democratic Value of the European Citizens’ Initiative

Jury: Alexander H. Trechsel (University of Lucerne / formerly EUI) (Supervisor), Philipp Genschel (EUI), Zoe Lefkofridi (Universität Salzburg), Yannis Papadopoulos (Université de Lausanne)

Thesis defended on 30 September 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract

Metin KOCA (TR)

Koca_MetinTitle: Tracing Cultural Change in the Reproduction of Intolerance: “Secularism”, “Islamism” and others in Turkey’s Experience of Democratization

Jury: Ayhan Kaya (Istanbul Bilgi University), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI), Elise Massicard (CERI, Sciences Po), Olivier Roy (EUI/RSCAS) (Supervisor)

Thesis defended on 16 January 2020, Bio & Abstract

Gerrit KROL (NL)

KrolTitle: Legislating Parliaments in Authoritarian Regimes Eurasian Legislatures and Presidents Compared 

Jury: Stefano Bartolini (EUI) (Supervisor), Anton Hemerijck (EUI), Vladimir Gel'man (EUSP / University of Helsinki), Petr Kopecký (Leiden University)

Thesis defended on 4 November 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract


KURSANI, Shpend Title: Contested states.The struggle for survival and recognition in the post-1945 international order 

Jury: Jennifer Welsh (Supervisor, Mc Gill University / formerly EUI), Dorothee Bohle (EUI), Eiki Berg (University of Tartu), Nina Caspersen (University of York).

Thesis defended on 23 July 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract 

Giorgio MALET (ITA)

Title: The Hour of the Citizens. The Political Consequences of Mass EuroscepticismGiorgio Malet

Jury: Elias Dinas (EUI), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor), Sara B. Hobolt (LSE), Laura Stoker (Univ. California, Berkeley)

Thesis defended on 20 July 2020, Bio & Abstract

Takeshi MIYAI (JAP)

takeshi miyaiTitle: Democratising Migration Governance Temporary Labour Migration and the Responsibility to Represent

Jury: Rainer Bauböck (EUI, Supervisor), Richard Bellamy (UCL), Iseult Honohan (University College Dublin), Valeria Ottonelli (Università degli Studi di Genova)

Thesis defended on 20 January 2020, Bio & Abstract


Pagoaga Ibiricu_photoTitle: Secession Crises and Party System Change in Advanced Democracies

Jury: Stefano Bartolini (EUI Emeritus) (Supervisor), Michale Keating (Univ. Aberdeen), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI), José Ramón Montero (Autónoma de Madrid)

Thesis defended on 29 October 2020, Bio & Abstract

Paulina SALEK (PL)

Paulina SałekBTitle: Understanding Post-Soviet Party Systems: A comparative analysis of Georgia and Moldova

Jury: Stefano Bartolini (EUI Emeritus) (Supervisor), Dorothee Bohle (EUI), Fernando Casal Bertoa (Univ. Nottingham), Petra Stykow (LMU Munich)

Thesis defended on 26 June, 2020, Bio & Abstract


Andris SaulitisTitle: Can a nudge make debtors budge? Four Field Experiments on Payment Reminders

Jury: Diego Gambetta (EUI, Supervisor), Philipp Genschel (EUI), Christina Gravert (University of Copenhagen), Peter John (King’s College London) 

Thesis defended on 3 February 2020, Bio & Abstract


HeadshotTitle: A Symbiosis: Social structure and personal values in the Netherlands

Jury: Hans-Peter Blossfeld (formerly EUI, Supervisor), Juho Härkönen (EUI), Aart C. Liefbroer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Daniela Grunow (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main)

Thesis defended on 22 September 2020 (by video call), Bio & Abstract



AnnaSubirats_Picture2020Title: Opening the urban “black box”. The role of the local context in the mobilisation of urban movements

Jury: Donatella Della Porta (EUI/SNS) (Supervisor), Laszlo Bruszt (EUI/CEU), Claire Colomb (UCL), Eduardo Romanos (Madrid Complutense)

Thesis defended on 25 March 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract



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