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Theses Defended in 2020


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


Buitelaar-Thomas Johannes Adriaan-(NL)Title: Blue Helmets and Black Robes: Cooperation Between UN Peacekeepers and the ICC

Jury: Jennifer Welsh (Mc Gill University / formerly EUI) (Supervisor), Jeffrey Checkel (EUI), Phil Clark (SOAS, University of London), Emily Paddon Rhoads (Swarthmore College).

Thesis defended on 9 December 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 (via video), 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 


Jonas J. DriedgerTitle: David and Goliath: Power Politics and Military Conflict in the Backyards of Major States

Jury: Ulrich Krotz (EUI) (Supervisor), Jeffrey T. Checkel, (EUI), Roy Allison (Oxford University), Carlo Masala (Bundeswehr University Munich)

Thesis defended on 11 December 2020 (via video), 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 (via video), 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 (via video), 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 (via video), 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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