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Theses Defended in 2019


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AltiparmakisTitle: The Age of the Bailout. Contention, party-system collapse and reconstruction in Greece, 2009-2015.

Jury: Mark Beissinger (Princeton Univ.) (skype), Elias Dinas (EUI), Maria Kousis (Univ. Crete) (skype), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor)

Thesis defended on 10 June, 2019, Bio & Abstract

Rutger BIRNIE (NL)

BirnieTitle: The Ethics and Politics of Deportation in Europe

Jury: Rainer Bauböck (EUI, Supervisor), Matthew Gibney (Oxford University), Jennifer Welsh (EUI), Iseult Honohan (UCD Dublin)

Thesis defended on 19 February 2019, Bio & Abstract


potrait_bjoernTitle: Austerity From the Left. Explaining the Fiscal Policies of Social Democratic Parties in Response to the Great Recession

Jury; Dorothee Bohle (EUI), Herbert Kitschelt (Duke University), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor), Jonas Pontusson (Univ. Geneva) (by videolink)

Thesis defended on 15 March 2019, Bio & Abstract


Reto BuergisserTitle: The Politics of Welfare State Recalibration in Continental and Souther Europe

Jury: Giuliano Bonoli (Univ. Lausanne), Jane Gingrich (Univ. Oxford), Anton Hemerijck (EUI), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor)

Thesis defended on 13 June 2019, Bio & Abstract


Ferreira da SilvaTitle: Leaders over parties? The personalization of politics and voting behaviour in contemporary Western democracies

Jury: Alexander H. Trechsel (EUI) (Supervisor), Stefano Bartolini (EUI), Marina Costa Lobo (Instituto de Ciências Sociais – Universidade de Lisboa), Ferdinand Müller-Rommel (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)

Thesis defended on 5 July 2019, Bio & Abstract


GesslerTitle: Political conflict on immigration and democracy in Europe

Jury: Dorothee Bohle (EUI), Elisabeth Ivarsflaten (Univ. Bergen), Heike Klüver (Humboldt Univ. Berlin) (skype). Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor)

Thesis defended on 9 December 2019, Bio & Abstract

Johannes JÜDE (DE)

Jüde_newTitle: Pathways to Successful State Formation

Jury: Stefano Bartolini (formerly EUI, supervisor), Nicholas Cheeseman (University of Birmingham), Raffaella Del Sarto (John Hopkins University), Bernhard Zangl (LMU)

Thesis defended on 26 September 2019, Bio & Abstract


Nele LeoskTitle: Understanding the Development of Digital Governance: A Study of the Relations between Institutions, Organisations, and Actors in the Member States of the OECD and EU

Jury: Alexander H. Trechsel (University of Lucerne/formerly EUI) (Supervisor), A Giovanni Sartor (EUI), Robert Krimmer (Tallinn University of Technology), Jane E. Fountain (University of Massachusetts Amherst) (via videolink)

Thesis defended on 11 October 2019, Bio & Abstract


Limberg_Julian_eventsTitle: Of Banks and Budgets. How Financial Crises Shaped the Modern Tax State

Jury: Philipp Genschel (EUI, Supervisor), Anton Hemerijck (EUI), Kenneth F. Scheve (Stanford University), Laura Seelkopf (University of Munich)

Thesis defended on 17 May 2019, Bio & Abstract


Sergiu_LTitle: Similar Challenges, Different Outcomes? The Development of Political Finances Regimes in Post-Communist Space

Jury: Stefano Bartolini (EUI, supervisor), Dorothee Bohle (EUI), Ingrid van Biezen (Leiden University), Marcin Walecki (OSCE/ODIHR)

Thesis defended on 12 April 2019, Bio & Abstract

Mariana MENDES (PO)

marianaTitle: Delayed Transitional Justice. Accounting for timing and cross-country variation in Transitional Justice trajectories 

Jury: Paloma Aguilar, UNED (Madrid), Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore/ former EUI (Supervisor), Leigh A. Payne, St Anthony’s College – Oxford, Jenifer Welsh, (McGill University/EUI) (via videolink)

Thesis defended on 10 October 2019, Bio & Abstract

Lewis Gordon MILLER (UK)

miller lewisTitle: Communitarisation. From Intergovernmental to Community Policy-Making in Core State Powers

Jury: Adrienne Héritier (EUI), Michael E. Smith (University of Aberdeen), Philipp Genschel (EUI, Supervisor), Uwe Puetter (Central European University)

Thesis defended on 26 November 2019, Bio & Abstract

Adrienne de RUITER (NL)

De RuiterTitle: Dehumanisation and Moral Silencing. A normative account with illustrations from the refugee crisis 

Jury: Jennifer Welsh (EUI, Supervisor), Andrea Sangiovanni (EUI), Nick Vaughan-Williams (University of Warwick) (via videolink), Bert van den Brink (Utrecht University)

Thesis defended on 15 January 2019, Bio & Abstract


Javier Ruiz SolerTitle: Is Twitter the New Coffee House? The Contribution of the European Political Twittersphere to the European Public Sphere and European Demos.

Jury: Alexander H. Trechsel (EUI / University of Lucerne, Supervisor), Giovanni Sartor (EUI), Luigi Curini (University of Milan), Anamaria Dutceac Segesten (Lund University), 

Thesis defended on 12 June 2019, Bio & Abstract


Irene Sanchez VitoresTitle: Disinterested or discouraged? The gender gap in political interest.

Jury: Susan Banducci (University of Exeter), Alexander H. Trechsel (University of Lucerne/former EUI) (Supervisor), Hilde Coffé (University of Bath), Marta Fraile (Instituto de Bienes y Políticas Públicas/EUI) (Co-Supervisor) 

Thesis defended on 28 June 2019, Bio & Abstract


Schulte-Cloos JuliaTitle European Integration and the Surge of the Populist Radical Right

Jury: Kai Arzheimer (Univ. Mainz) (via skype), Elias Dinas (EUI), Liesbet Hooghe (Univ. NC, Chapel Hill), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor)

Thesis defended on 02 July 2019, Bio & Abstract

Agnieszka SZTAJDEL (PL)

A. SztajdelTitle: The Post-truth Narrative in Post-Smolensk Poland

Jury: Dorotee Bohle (EUI), Claes de Vreese (Univ. Amsterdam), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor), Benjamin Stanley (Univ. Social Sciences, Warsaw)

Thesis defended on 30 September 2019, Bio & Abstract

Tobias TESCHE (DE)

Tobias_small_webTitle: Institutional Response to the Euro crisis

Jury: Philipp Genschel (EUI, supervisor), Adrienne Héritier (EUI), C. Randall Henning (American University Washington D.C.), Manuela Moschella (Scuola Normale Superiore)

Thesis defended on 13 May 2019, Bio & Abstract



Vidal_200Title: The Political Consequences of the Great Recession in Southern Europe. Crises and Representation in Spain

Jury: Eva Anduiza (Autònoma de Barcelona) (videolink), Elias Dinas (EUI), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor), Kenneth M. Roberts (Cornell University)

Thesis defended on 13 June, 2019 Bio & Abstract

Elisa VOLPI (IT)

Elisa VolpiTitle: The Politics of Turning Coat. A Comparative and Historical Analysis of Party Switching 

Jury: Stefano Bartolini (EUI, supervisor), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI), Nathalie Giger (University of Geneva), Richard S. Katz (Johns Hopkins University)

Thesis defended on 3 May 2019, Bio & Abstract


Patrice WANGEN (BE)

Patrice WangenTitle: Framing National Interest. How Media Discourses Influence Western Policy Agendas Towards Foreign Armed Conflicts

Jury: Jennifer Welsh (EUI, Supervisor), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI), Keith Krause (Graduate Institute Geneva), Jutta Weldes (University of Bristol)

Thesis defended on 23 April 2019, Bio & Abstract


WeisskircherTitle: Animal Liberation? The History, Contemporary Network, and Impact of Animal Rights Activism in Europe

Jury: Donatella della Porta (EUI/SNS, Supervisor), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI), Clare Saunders (University of Exeter, via videolink), James Jasper (CUNY Graduate Center) (in absentia)

Thesis defended on 14 May 2019, Bio & Abstract


YastreboTitle: The Demographic Echo of War and Social Mobility in Russia

Jury: Fabrizio Bernardi (EUI, Supervisor), Theodore P. Gerber (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Juho Härkönen (EUI), Jan O. Jonsson (Nuffield College, University of Oxford / Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University),  

Thesis defended on 11 June 2019, Bio & Abstract

Alkistis ZAVAKOU (GR)

AlkistisTitle: How Labour Market Institutions in European Welfare Capitalisms Affect Labour Market Transitions

Jury: Hans-Peter Blossfeld (EUI/University of Bamberg, supervisor), François Rycx (ULB, co-supervisor), Anton Hemerijck (EUI), Manos Matsaganis (Politecnico di Milano)

Thesis defended on 22 February 2019, Bio & Abstract





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