Doctoral Dissertations Defended in 2015

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