Doctoral Dissertations

The main product of the program is the doctoral dissertation. All doctoral dissertations submitted to the Doctoral School must make a significant and original contribution to the knowledge and understanding of their subject.

Dissertations are submitted to the School after a maximum of six years, and are defended in front of a Dissertation Committee, during a public doctoral defense. 

On this page you can browse, read and download the doctoral dissertations submitted at the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations since September 2009. Click on the title of any dissertation to open the full document in a pdf file!

2017

The Fault in Our Parties – Income Inequality, Political Participation, and the Consequences of Party Programmatic Shifts in OECD Countries

by Manuel Bosancianu

Dissertation Committee:
Levente Littvay (supervisor, CEU)
Carsten Schneider (CEU)
Frederick Solt (external member, University of Iowa)
Erin Jenne (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: August 9, 2017

The full dissertation is available in the CEU library.

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Contemporary Populism: Actors, Causes, and Consequences Across 28 Democracies

by Bruno Castanho Silva

Dissertation Committee:
Carsten Q. Schneider (supervisor, CEU)
Levente Littvay (CEU)
Hanspeter Kriesi (external member, European University Institute)
Erin Jenne (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: July 31, 2017

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Understanding a Public Body’s Intervention in the field of Antidiscrimination in Times of Shifting Political Priorities

by Lisa Wewerka

Dissertation Committee:
Andrea Krizsan (supervisor, CEU)
Nick Sitter (CEU)
Thomas Widmer (external member, University of Zurich)
Marie-Pierre Granger (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: June 20, 2017

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Opportunity Matters: Economic Inequality and Redistribution across Western Democracies

by Bastian Becker

Dissertation Committee:
Thilo Bodenstein (supervisor, CEU)
Levente Littvay (CEU)
David Rueda (external member, University of Oxford)
Achim Kemmerling (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: June 14, 2017

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THE NETWORKED PHENOMENON OF STATE CAPTURE:
Network Dynamics, Unintended Consequences, and Business-Political Relations in Hungary, 2009-2012

by Silvia Fierascu

Dissertation Committee:
Balazs Vedres (supervisor, CEU)
Andras Bozoki (CEU)
Zoltan Szanto (external member, Corvinus University of Budapest)
Levente Littvay (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: June 13, 2017

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Political servants, professional guardians, or both?
Political appointees in independent organizations under the Fidesz-KDNP supermajority in Hungary (2010-14) 

by Eva Zemandl

Dissertation Committee:
Uwe Puetter (supervisor, CEU)
Marie-Pierre Granger (CEU)
Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling (external member, University of Nottingham)
Agnes Batory (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: June 9, 2017

The full dissertation is available in the CEU library. 

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Lost in Space – Pairwise Comparisons of Parties as an Alternative to Left-Right Measures of Political Difference

by Martin Molder

Dissertation Committee:
Zsolt Enyedi (supervisor, CEU)
Gabor Toka (CEU)
Simon Franzmann (external, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf)
Erin Jenne (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: June 8, 2017

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Elite Conflicts and Their Effects on Political Support as a Function of Elite and Mass Polarization

by Gergo Zavecz

Dissertation Committee:
Gabor Toka (supervisor, CEU)
Federico Vegetti (CEU)
Diana Mutz  (external member, University of Pennsylvania)
Anil Duman (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: May 31, 2017

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When Bureaucrats Constrain the Grabbing Hand
Environmental Resource Sustainability in Tourism

by Sanja Hajdinjak

Dissertation Committee:
Cristina Corduneanu-Huci (supervisor, CEU)
Attila Folsz (CEU)
Fernando Jimenez Sanchez  (external member, Universidad de Murcia, Spain)
Thilo Bodenstein (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: May 30, 2017

The full dissertation is available in the CEU library.

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Building the Single EU Gas Market in Hungary, Lithuania and Romania: Domestic Interests and the Dynamics of Europeanisation

by Vija Pakalkaite

Dissertation Committee:
Nick Sitter (supervisor, CEU)
Marie-Pierre Granger (CEU)
Anita Orban (external member, Cheniere Energy)
TBA (chair)

Date of Defense: May 30, 2017

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Peace for Whom: Agency and Intersectionality in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina 

by Elena B. Stavrevska

Dissertation Committee:
Michael Merlingen (supervisor, CEU)
John Shattuck (CEU)
Annika Bjorkdahl (external member, Lund University)
Bernhard Knoll-Tudor (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: May 19, 2017

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THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF INNOVATION: TECHNOLOGICAL NATIONALISM, EXECUTIVE INTERFERENCE, AND NEO-POPULISM IN THE R&D SECTOR IN TURKEY 

by Huseyin Emrah Karaoguz

Dissertation Committee:
Laszlo Csaba (supervisor, CEU)
Attila Folsz (CEU)
Ziya Onis (external member, Koc University, Istanbul) 
Julius Horvath (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: March 31, 2017

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The Devout and the Disabled: Religious and Cultural Accommodation as Human Variation

by Miklos Zala

Dissertation Committee:
Andres Moles (supervisor, CEU)
Janos Kis (CEU)
Daniel Weinstock (external member, McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy) 
Zoltan Miklosi (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: February 17, 2017

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SECURITIZING ENERGY: FROM GEOPOLITICS TO ENERGY DEMOCRACY
THE CASE OF GERMANY, POLAND & UKRAINE

by Izabela Surwillo

Dissertation Committee:
Xymena Kurowska (supervisor, CEU)
Paul Roe (CEU)
Felix Ciuta (external member, University College London) 
Michael Merlingen (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: February 16, 2017

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Scorekeepers, Game Players and Political Action:
Normativity and Practical Reasoning of Brazil and India in International Politics

by Sasikumar Shanmuga Sundaram

Dissertation Committee:
Xymena Kurowska (supervisor, CEU)
Paul Roe (CEU)
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson (external member, American University in Washington, DC) 
Erin Jenne (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: January 12, 2017

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2016

Possibilities and Limits of Cross-Country Administrative Cooperation at Europe’s Fringes: A Process Perspective on EU Twinning in Moldova and Lebanon

by Stefan Roch

Dissertation Committee:
Marie-Pierre Granger (supervisor, CEU)
Uwe Puetter (CEU)
Hannes Tretter (external member, University of Vienna) 
Xymena Kurowska (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: November 11, 2016

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SERVING THE PUBLIC, FIGHTING AGAINST THE STATE LABOR UNREST IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR ACROSS THE EU

by Imre Gergely Szabo

Dissertation Committee:
Bela Greskovits (supervisor, CEU)
Achim Kemmerling (CEU)
Niamh Hardiman (external member, UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy) 
Carsten Schneider (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: October 21, 2016

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The GNN Effect: Global News Networks as Intelligence Gathering and Diplomatic Institutions

by Markos Kounalakis

Dissertation Committee:
Matteo Fumagalli (supervisor, CEU)
Erin Jenne (CEU)
Philip N. Howard (external member, University of Washington)
Alexander Astrov (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: June 23, 2016

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The Power of the NPT: International Norms and Nuclear Disarmament of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, 1990-1994

by Mariana Budjeryn

Dissertation Committee:
Alexander Astrov (supervisor, CEU)
Xymena Kurowska (CEU)
David Holloway (external member, Stanford University)
Lea Sgier (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: June 22, 2016

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COUNTERBALANCING MARKETIZATION INFORMALLY: INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS AND INFORMAL ECONOMIC PRACTICES IN GEORGIA (2003-2012)

by Lela Rekhviashvili

Dissertation Committee:
Bela Greskovits (supervisor, CEU)
Lea Sgier (CEU)
John Round (external member, University of Birmingham)
Matteo Fumagalli (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: June 20, 2016

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The Politics of Post-war reintegration

by Natalia A. Peral

Dissertation Committee:
Erin Jenne (supervisor, CEU)
Matteo Fumagalli (CEU)
I. William Zartman (external member, Johns Hopkins University)
Elissa Helms (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: June 9, 2016

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Diversification of higher education in Europe. 
A policy narrative that legitimizes resource concentration

by Norbert Sabic

Dissertation Committee:
Liviu Matei (supervisor, CEU)
Marvin Lazerson (CEU)
Ellen Hazelkorn (external member, Dublin Institute of Technology)
Nick Sitter (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: June 9, 2016

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THE INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE EU’S AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY AND JUSTICE: ROLES, BEHAVIORS, AND THE LOGIC OF JUSTIFICATION

by Adina Maricut

Dissertation Committee:
Uwe Puetter (supervisor, CEU)
Agnes Batory (CEU)
Christian Kaunert (external member, University of Dundee)
Marie-Pierre Granger (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: June 8, 2016

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Halted Diffusion: Epistemic Communities and the Non-Adoption of Health Technology Assesment Agencies in Central and Eastern Europe

by Olga Loblova

Dissertation Committee:
Nick Sitter (supervisor, CEU)
Marie-Pierre Granger (CEU)
Piotr Ozieranski (external member, University of Bath)
Werner Brouwer (external member, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Martin Kahanec (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: May 24, 2016

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WAR AS A SYSTEM - A LUHMANNIAN APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF WAR RECURRENCE ON THE EXAMPLES OF CONGO (1998-2003), LIBERIA (1999-2003), KOSOVO (1999), AND CHECHNYA (1999-2009)

by Alexander Akbik

Dissertation Committee:
Youngmi Kim (supervisor, CEU)
Matteo Fumagalli (CEU)
Mathias Albert (external member, University of Bielefeld)
Alexander Astrov (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: May 18, 2016

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Transition legacies, rules of appropriateness and ‘modernization agenda’ transition in higher education governance in Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia

by Renata Kralikova

Dissertation Committee:
Liviu Matei (supervisor, CEU)
Marvin Lazerson (CEU)
Peter Maassen (external member, University of Oslo)
Julius Horvath (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: May 9, 2016

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THE SOCIAL SOURCES OF AUSTERITY - THE POLITICS OF FISCAL CONSOLIDATIONS IN THE UK AND FRANCE, 1978-2014

by Zbigniew Truchlewski

Dissertation Committee:
Achim Kemmerling (supervisor, CEU)
Evelyne Huebscher (CEU)
Mark Hallerberg (external member, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)
Dorothee Bohle (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: April 18, 2016

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INFORMATION EFFECTS ACROSS THE GLOBE: DOES POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE MATTER, AND HOW DO WE KNOW IT?

by Paul Weith

Dissertation Committee:
Gabor Toka (supervisor, CEU)
Levente Littvay (CEU)
Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson (external member, Swedish National Election Studies Program (SNES), SOM Institute and Political Science Department, University of Gothenburg)
Zsolt Enyedi (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: April 4, 2016

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The Politics of Informality: External State-building in Post-Dayton BOSNIA

by Karla Koutkova

Dissertation Committee:
Matteo Fumagalli (supervisor, CEU)
Elissa Helms (co-supervisor, CEU)
Jessica Pisano (external member, New School for Social Research, NY)
Viola Zentai (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: February 29, 2016

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SUSPENDED development: Institutional Transformation and Lack of improvement in the higher education system of post-revolution georgia

by Elene Jibladze

Dissertation Committee:
Liviu Matei (supervisor, CEU)
Marvin Lazerson (CEU)
Pavel Zgaga (external member, University of Ljubljana)
Agnes Batory (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: February 26, 2016

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GENETICS, JUSTICE AND FUTURE GENERATIONS

by Ioana Petre

Dissertation Committee:
Zoltan Miklosi (supervisor, CEU)
Judit Sandor (CEU)
John Harris (external member, University of Manchester)
Janos Kis (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: January 19, 2016

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The Political consequences of low youth participation in contemporary democracies

by Daniela Sirinic

Dissertation Committee:
Gabor Toka (supervisor, CEU)
Zsolt Enyedi (CEU)
Eva Anduiza (external member, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)
Carsten Schneider (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: January 15, 2016

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2015

UNPACKING 'COHERENCE' IN EU FOREIGN POLICY: HOW POLICY SETTING AND POLICY CONTENT SHAPE EU EXTERNAL RELATIONS TOWARDS RUSSIA

by Philipp Thaler

Dissertation Committee:
Uwe Puetter (supervisor, CEU)
Michael Merlingen (CEU)
Dr. Karolina Pomorska (external member, University of Maastricht)
Yahya Sadowski (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: December 4, 2015

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INESCAPABLE PAST: INSTITUTIONS, LEGACIES, AND STRATEGIES OF REGIME FORMATIONS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF ALBANIA, CZECH REPUBLIC AND ROMANIA

by Sokol Lleshi

Dissertation Committee:
Andras Bozoki (supervisor, CEU)
Balazs Trencsenyi (CEU)
Michael Bernhard (external member, University of Florida - Gainsville)
Zsolt Enyedi (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: December 3, 2015

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Rethinking Constituency Service: Electoral Institutions, Candidate Campaigns and Personal Vote in Hungary & Romania

by Mihail Chiru

Dissertation Committee:
Zsolt Enyedi (supervisor, CEU)
Gabor Toka (CEU)
Shane Martin (external member, University of Leicester)
Gabriella Ilonszki (external, Budapest Corvinus University)
Carsten Q. Schneider (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: November 26, 2015

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Essays on political science applications of the Mixture Index of fit

by Juraj Medzihorsky

Dissertation Committee:
Tamas Rudas (supervisor, CEU, ELTE)
Gabor Toka (CEU)
Jason Wittenberg (external member, University of California, Berkeley)
Carsten Q. Schneider (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: November 12, 2015

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Politically Competent Citizens: The Role of Predispositions and Political Context in Comparative Perspective

by Sebastian Adrian Popa

Dissertation Committee:
Gabor Toka (supervisor, CEU)
Zsolt Enyedi (CEU)
Sylvia Kritzinger (external member, University of Vienna)
Erin Jenne (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: October 22, 2015

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The Radical Right in Policy Space: A Comparative Analysis of Radical Right Parties in Eastern and Western Europe

by David Pupovac

Dissertation Committee:
Levente Littvay (supervisor, CEU)
Tamas Rudas (CEU, ELTE)
Hans-Georg Betz (external member, University of Zurich)
Youngmi Kim (chair, CEU)

Date of Defense: October 20, 2015

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Converging on Divergence: The Political Economy of Uneven Regional Development in East Central Europe (1990-2014)

by Gergo Medve-Balint

Dissertation Committee:
Bela Greskovits (supervisor, voting member, CEU)
Dorothee Bohle (voting member, CEU)
Laszlo Bruszt (external member, voting member,  European University Institute)
Erin Jenne (chair, non-voting member, CEU)

Date of Defense: May 21, 2015.

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“Expert Review”: On Reconciling Politics of Expertise and Democracy

by Pavol Hardos

Dissertation Committee:
János Kis (supervisor, voting member, CEU)
Andres Moles (voting member, CEU)
Fabienne Peter (external member, voting member,  Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick)
Nenad Dimitrijevic (chair, non-voting member, CEU)

Date of Defense: May 8, 2015.

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Great Powers and Responsibility – The Genealogy of China as a Responsible Great Power in Managing Africa's Development

by Viktor Friedmann

Dissertation Committee:
Alexander Astrov (supervisor, voting member, CEU) 
Daniel Large (voting member, CEU)
Bernt Berger (external member, voting member, Head of Asia Program, Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm)
Michael Merlingen (chair, non-voting member, CEU)

Date of Defense: April 30, 2015.

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Going beyond Political Commitments: Explaining Diverging Outputs in the Use of European Structural Funds for Roma Inclusion Strategies in Spain and Slovakia

by Joanna Kostka

Dissertation Committee:
Andrea Krizsan (supervisor, voting member, CEU) 
Nikolai Sitter (voting member, CEU)
Tommaso Vitale (external member, voting member, Science Po, Centre d’études européennes)
Viola Zentai (chair, non-voting member, CEU)

Date of Defense: April 20, 2015.

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Wor(l)ds of Dr. Strangelove: The Persuasiveness and Institutionalization of Defense Rationalist Ideas on Nuclear Strategy, 1948-1963

by Andras Szalai

Dissertation Committee:
Alexander Astrov (supervisor, voting member, CEU)
Paul Roe (voting member, CEU)
Richard Ned Lebow (external member, voting member, King's College London, UK)
Tamás Meszerics (chair, non-voting member, CEU)

Date of Defense: March 25, 2015.

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Vigilantism and security: State, violence and politics in Italy and Hungary

by Manuel Mireanu

Dissertation Committee:
Xymena Kurowska (supervisor, voting member, CEU)
Paul Roe (voting member, CEU)
J. Peter Burgess (external member, voting member, Research Professor at Peace Research Institute Oslo and editor of Security Dialogue journal)
Alexander Astrov (chair, non-voting member, CEU)

Date of Defense: February 27, 2015.

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2014

The dynamics of Polish patriotism after 1989: concepts, debates, identities

by Dorota Szeligowska

Dissertation Committee:
Lea Sgier (CEU - supervisor, voting member)
Balazs Trencsenyi (CEU - voting member)
Georges Mink (University of Paris 10 - external member, voting member)
Nenad Dimitrijevic (CEU - chair, non-voting member)

Date of Defense: December 18, 2014.

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Romania’s Euro-Atlantic Security Profile Post-Cold War: Transitional Security Habitus and the Praxis of Romania’s Security Field

by Raluca Csernatoni

Dissertation Committee:
Michael Merlingen (CEU - supervisor, voting member)
Xymena Kurowska (CEU - voting member)
Sven Biscop (Europe in the World program director, Royal Institute for International Relations, Egmont, Belgium - external voting member)
Uwe Puetter (CEU - chair, non-voting member)

Date of Defense: November 21, 2014.

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Fragile Proxies: The Politics of Control and Defection in State Sponsorship of Rebel Organizations

by Milos Popovic

Dissertation Committee:
Matteo Fumagalli (CEU - supervisor, voting member)
Erin Jenne (CEU - voting member)
Idean Salehyan (University of North Texas - external member, voting member)
Alan Watt (CEU - chair, non-voting member)
Date of Defense: November 14, 2014.

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Competition Between Minority Ethnic Parties in Post-conflict Countries: Performance of Minority Parties in Croatia and Macedonia

by Dane Taleski

Dissertation Committee:
Andras Bozoki (CEU - supervisor, voting member)
Erin Jenne (CEU - voting member)
Susan Woodward (City University of New York - external voting member)
Carsten Schneider (CEU - chair, non-voting member)

Date of Defense: November 14, 2014

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All Together Alone: On Moral Responsibility for Collective Wrongdoing

by Stearns Broadhead

Dissertation Committee:
Nenad Dimitrijevic (CEU - supervisor, voting member)
Janos Kis (CEU - voting member)
Michael J. Zimmerman (University of North Carolina - external voting member)
Andres Moles (CEU - chair, non-voting member)

Date of Defense: October 16, 2014

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Non-State Actors in Euro-Mediterranean Politics: Regional Convergence and Pro-Integration Advocacy

by Johannes Mueller

Dissertation Committee:

Uwe Puetter (CEU - supervisor, voting member)
Daniel Monterescu (CEU - voting member)
Elisabeth Johansson-Nogues (Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) - external voting member)
Michael Merlingen (CEU - chair, non-voting member)

Date of defense: October 3, 2014

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From Legislative Decisions to Policy Coordination: Collaborative Federalism and the Changing Character of Intergovernmental Relations in Canada and the European Union

by Robert Csehi

Dissertation Committee:

Uwe Puetter (CEU - supervisor, voting member)
Marie-Pierre Granger (CEU - voting member)
Markus Jachtenfuchs (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin - external voting member)
Matteo Fumagalli (CEU - chair, non-voting member)

Date of defense: September 19, 2014

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Neutrality With Perfection: The Convergence Thesis

by Eldar Sarajlic

Dissertation Committee:

Janos Kis (CEU - supervisor - voting member)
Nenad Dimitrijevic (CEU - voting member)
Ben Colburn (University of Glasgow - external voting member)
Aziz al-Azmeh (CEU chair- non voting member)

Date of defense: June 24, 2014

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“Mindset Matters" Understanding Prime Ministers' Performance in Central and Eastern Europe

by Bojana Kocijan

Dissertation Committee:

Andras Bozoki (CEU supervisor voting member)
Lea Sgier (CEU external voting member)
John Higley (external voting member - University of Austin Texas)
Carsten Schneider (CEU - chair of the committee)
Andras Korosenyi (informal member of the committee - Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Date of Defense: June 20, 2014

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Property Owning Democracy, Socialism and Justice: Rawlsian and Marxist Perspectives on the Content of Social Justice

By Valentin Stoian

Dissertation Committee:

Janos Kis (supervisor, CEU - voting member)
Andres Moles (CEU - voting member)
Martin O'Neill ( external voting member - Senior Lecturer at the University of York)
Zoltan Miklosi (chair, CEU - non voting member)

Date of defense: June 19, 2014

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Party Outcomes in Hybrid Regimes in the Western Balkans and Beyond

by Ivan Vukovic

Dissertation Committee:

Zsolt Enyedi (supervisor)
Carsten Schneider (CEU - voting member)
Steven Levitsky (external voting member - Professor of Government- Harvard University)
Nenad Dimitrijevic (chair CEU - non voting member)

Date of defense: June 18, 2014

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Russian foreign policy and outward foreign direct investments: cooperation, subordination or disengagement?

by Sanja Tepavcevic

Dissertation Committee:

Bela Greskovits (supervisor, CEU - voting member)
Laszlo Csaba (CEU - voting member)
Philip Hanson (external voting member, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs)
Julius Horvath (chair CEU - non voting member)

Date of defense: June 17, 2014

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Partnership Principle for Structural Funds in the New Member States. Understanding Contestation over the EU Requirements

by Andrey Demidov

(Dissertation is temporarily unavailable online. To access the document, please contact the CEU Library)

Dissertation Committee:

Uwe Puetter (supervisor, CEU - voting member)
Viola Zentai (CEU - voting member)
Stijn Smismans (external voting member - University of Cardiff)
Marie-Pierre Granger (chair CEU - non voting member)

Date of defense: June 11, 2014

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Dynamics of Party Politics, Electoral Competition and Cooperation within the Hungarian Minorities of Romania, Serbia and Slovakia

by Istvan Gergo Szekely

Dissertation Committee:

Enyedi Zsolt (supervisor, CEU - voting member)
Erin Jenne (CEU - voting member)
Zsuzsa Csergo (Department of Political Studies Queen's University Canada)
Carsten Schneider (chair CEU - non voting member)

Date of defense: June 11, 2014

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Censorship between ambiguity and effectiveness: Rules, trust and informal practices in Romania (1949-1989)

by Agnes Kiss

Dissertation Committee:

Matteo Fumagalli (supervisor, CEU - voting member)
Andras Bozoki (CEU - voting member)
Stefano Bottoni ( external voting member - Hungarian Academy of Science)
Nenad Dimitrijevic (chair CEU - non voting member)

Date of defense: June 10, 2014

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"Small State Autonomy in Hierarchical Regimes. The Case of Bulgaria in the German and Soviet Spheres of Influence 1933-1956"

by Vera Asenova

Dissertation Committee:

Julius Horvath (supervisor, CEU)
Laszlo Csaba (CEU)
Nikolay Nenovsky (external member, Professor in Monetary Theory and International Finance, CRIISEA, Université de Picardie, Pôle Universitaire Cathédrale)
Huricihan Islamoglu (external member, Professor of Economic History, Bogazici University, Istanbul)
Peter Akos Bod (chair, former Governor of Hungarian Central Bank, and professor at Corvinus)

Date of defense: 20 February, 2014

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2013

FDI as a Solution to the Challenges of Late Development: Catch-Up without Convergence?

by Vera Scepanovic

Dissertation Committee:

Dorothee Bohle (supervisor, CEU)
Bela Greskovits (CEU)
Laszlo Bruszt (external, Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute)
Thomas Fetzer (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 20 December, 2013

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Reforming East Central European Welfare States - Governments, Technocrats, and the Patterns of Quiet Retrenchment

by Kristin Makszin

Dissertation Committee:

Bela Greskovits (supervisor, CEU)
Achim Kemmerling (internal member, CEU)
Bernhard Ebbinghaus (external member, Professor of Sociology, Chair of Macrosociology at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Mannheim)
Dorothee Bohle (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 6 December, 2013

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Quality of Governance, Political Attitudes and Electoral Behavior

by Diana Elena Burlacu

Dissertation Committee:

Gabor Toka (supervisor, CEU)
Levente Littvay (CEU)
John Bartle (external member, Senior Lecturer at Department of Government, University of Essex)
Zsolt Enyedi (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 17 October, 2013

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Energy Security in Transition: Coping with Energy Import Dependence in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary

by Andrej Nosko

Dissertation Committee:

Bela Greskovits (supervisor, CEU)
Andreas Goldthau (CEU)
Anita Orban (external member, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary)
Julius Horvath (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 25 September, 2013

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Normative Parliamentarians: The European Parliament’s Role in the EU’s Foreign Policy Process

by Lorinc Redei

Dissertation Committee:

Paul Roe (supervisor, CEU)
Tamas Meszerics (CEU)
Helene Sjursen (external member, Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo)
Xymena Kurowska (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 26 June, 2013

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Visualizing Virtual Borders: Identity Territorialization Shifts and “Imagined Geographies” in the Albanian case

by Ilir Kalemaj

Dissertation Committee:

Erin Jenne (supervisor, CEU)
Matteo Fumagalli (CEU)
Sherrill Stroschein (external member, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy, University College London)
Paul Roe (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 6 June, 2013

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Social Capital and Governance in European Borderlands: A comparative study of Euroregions as policy actors

by Sara Svensson

Dissertation Committee:

Andrew Cartwright (supervisor, CEU)
Tamas Meszerics (CEU)
Harlan Koff (external member, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Luxembourg)
Marie-Pierre Granger (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 18 March, 2013

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2012

Ethics Management and Individual Views to Ethics in the European Commission

by Andreea Nastase

Dissertation Committee:

Agnes Batory (supervisor, CEU)
Uwe Puetter (CEU)
Michelle Cini (external member, Professor of European Politics, University of Bristol)
Marie-Pierre Granger (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 5 October, 2012

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Strategic Choices During System Change: Peak Level Unions and Their Struggles For Political Relevance In Post-Socialist Slovenia, Serbia and Poland

by Tibor Mesman

Dissertation Committee:

Dorothee Bohle (supervisor, CEU)
Bela Greskovits (CEU)
Miroslav Stanojevic (external member, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences)
Thomas Fetzer (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 21 June, 2012

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Exploring the Link between Power Concentration and Ethnic Minorities’ Mobilization in Post Soviet Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine

by Stela Garaz

Dissertation Committee:

Zsolt Enyedi (supervisor, CEU)
Matteo Fumagalli (CEU)
Ishiyama, John (external member, University of North Texas)
Anton Pelinka (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 12 June, 2012

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“We are the people who do not count” - Thinking the disruption of the biopolitics of abandonment

by Anna Selmeczi

Dissertation Committee:

Michael Merlingen (supervisor, CEU)
Prem Kumar Rajaram (CEU)
Julian Reid (external member, Professor of International Relations at University of Lapland)
Alexander Astrov (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 13 April, 2012

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Cosmopolitanism and Exclusion - On the Limits Transnational Democracy in the Light of the Case of Roma

by Marton Rovid

Dissertation Committee:

Zoltan Miklosi (supervisor, CEU)
Janos Kis (CEU)
Ivan Szelenyi (external member, Dean of Social Sciences at New York University Abu Dhabi and William Graham Sumner Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Yale University)
Zsolt Enyedi (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 22 February, 2012

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2011

Analyzing the European Development Fund: An English School Account of How Presumed Statehood Undermines (Development in) Sub-Saharan Africa

by Stefan Cibian

Defense Committee:

Uwe Puetter (supervisor, CEU)
Michael Merlingen (CEU)
Antje Vetterlein (external member, Associate Professor at the Copenhagen Business School)
Agnes Batory (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 17 November, 2011

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Delegating Contested Reforms of EU Financial Market Regulation

by Zdenek Kudrna

Defense Committee:

Laszlo Csaba (supervisor, CEU)
Uwe Puetter (CEU)
Katalin Mero (external member, International Business School, Budapest)
Peter Balazs (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 10 November, 2011

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The Politics of Russian Post-Soviet Identity: Geopolitics, Eurasianism, and Beyond

by Natalia Morozova

Defense Commitee:

Alexander Astrov (supervisor, CEU)
Stefano Guzzini (external member, Danish Institute for International Studies, DIIS)
Marco Antonsich (CEU)
Irina Papkova (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 21 October, 2011

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Self-Reflection in Post-Criminal Societies: from Denial to Moral Responsibility

by Sanja Pesek

Defense Commitee:

Nenad Dimitrijevic (supervisor, CEU)
Larry May (external member - W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Law, and Professor of Political Science Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee USA)
Janos Kis (CEU)
Zoltan Miklosi (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 7 October, 2011

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The Relevance of Micro Social Contexts for Individual Political Engagement: A Comparative Analysis

by Oana Lup

Defense Committee:

Gabor Toka (supervisor, CEU)
Paul Allen Beck (external member, Ohio State University)
Rudiger Schmitt-Beck (external member, Universität Mannheim)
Tamas Rudas (Eotvos Lorand University, CEU)
Zsolt Enyedi (chair, CEU)

Date of defense: 12 September, 2011

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Trade Union Responses to Cross-Border Competition in the Enlarged EU: Evidence from the Automotive and Construction Sectors

by Magdalena Bernaciak

Defense Committee:

Dorothee Bohle (CEU supervisor)
Bela Greskovits (CEU)
Bob Hancke (London School of Economics)
Guglielmo Meardi (Warwick Business School)
chair: Anil Duman (CEU)

Date of defense: 23 May, 2011

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The Practice of State Apologies: The Role of Demands for Historical Apologies and Refusals to Apologize in the Construction of State Identity

by Azuolas Bagdonas

Defense Committee:

Alexander Astrov (CEU supervisor)
Xymena Kurowska (CEU)
Maria Mälksoo (Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu)
chair: Irina Papkova (CEU)

Date of defense: 22 March, 2011

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From Job Search to Skill Search: Political Economy of Labor Migration in Central and Eastern Europe

by Lucia Kureková

Defense Committee:

Anil Duman (CEU supervisor)
Martin Kahanec (CEU)
Hein De Haas (Oxford University)
chair: Bela Greskovits(CEU)

Date of defense: 11 March, 2011

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2010

Global Imbalances from the Historical Perspective

by Marcela Veselkova

Defense Committee:
Julius Horvath (CEU supervisor)
Laszlo Csaba (CEU)
Jarko Fidrmuc (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen)
chair: Gabor Toka (CEU)

Defended: 20 December, 2010

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The Effects of Soft Budget Constraints on Market Development: The Case of Russian Regions

by Aitalina Azarova

Defense Committee:

Nikolay Petrov (Carnegie Moscow Center)
Tamas Rudas (Eotvos Lorand University, CEU)
Matteo Fumagalli (CEU)
Gabor Toka (CEU supervisor)

Defended: 10 June, 2010

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Commitment and Conditions. European Union Conditionality and Privatization Reforms in Slovakia, Romania and Turkey

by Deniz Bingol McDonald

Defense Committee:

Michael Merlingen, chair (CEU)
Joachim Jens Hesse (International Institute for Comparative Government and European Policy, ISE)
Laszlo Csaba (CEU supervisor)
Matteo Fumagalli, (CEU)

Defended: May, 2010

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Essays on Educational Institutions and Inequality of Opportunity

by Daniel Horn

Defense Committee:

Daniele Checchi (University of Milan)
Balazs Varadi (Eotvos Lorand University)
Gabor Toka (CEU)
Gabor Kezdi (CEU supervisor)

Defense date: 28 April, 2010

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Governing Fragmented Societies: State-Building and Political Integration in Chechnya and Ingushetia (1991-2009)

by Ekaterina Sokirianskaia

Defense Committee:

Moshe Gammer (Tel-Aviv University)
Andras Bozoki (CEU)Matteo Fumagalli (CEU)
Zsolt Enyedi (CEU supervisor)

Defended: 2 April, 2010

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Secessionist framing: The role of different discourses in creating arguments for self-determination

by Beata Huszka

Defense Committee:

Karl Hall, chair (CEU)
Florian Bieber (University of Kent)
Erin Jenne (CEU supervisor)
Irina Papkov (CEU)

Defended: 2010

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2009

Contemporary Republican Strategies for ‘Civic Virtue’ and the Notion of Political Obligation

by Laura Andronache

Defense Committee:

Iseult Honohan (University College Dublin)
Janos Kis (Philosophy and Political Science, CEU)
Petr Lom (supervisor)

Defended: 11 December, 2009

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Organizational Design of Welfare-Enhancing Public Bureaucracy: A Comparative Analysis of Russia's Regions

by Marina Nistotskaya

Defense Committee:

Gary Miller (Washington University in St. Louis)
Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling (University of Nottingham)
Levente Littvay (CEU)
Tamas Meszerics (CEU supervisor)

Defended: 13 November, 2009

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The New Politics of Higher Education: Governmental Policy Choices and Private Higher Education in Post-communist Countries

by Marie Pachuashvili

Defense Committee:

Daniel Levy (SUNY Albany)
Ildiko Hrubos (Corvinus University)
Gyorgy Gereby (Medieval Studies, CEU)
Balazs Varadi (supervisor)

Defended: 19 October, 2009

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The Emerging mandate of EU Law in Health care: A Legal Analysis of the Influence of Internal Market Implementation on Access to Health Care in Hungary and Slovenia

by Eva Maria Foldes

Defense Committee:

Herman Nys (Professor of Law, University of Leuven)
Gábor Juhász (Professor of Social Policy, ELTE)
Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky (Professor of Law, CEU)
Anton Pelinka (Professor of Political Science, CEU)
Judit Sándor (Professor of Political Science and Law, CEU supervisor)

Defended: 16 September, 2009

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Dissertations submitted before 2009 can be accessed in hard copy in the CEU Library.

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