Master's Thesis
A master's thesis is a vital part of your studies. Here are some examples of successful theses from previous years.
Niina Kari: Whither New Constitutionalism? Disciplinary neoliberalism in the European Economic and Monetary Union between 2015–2020

Global Political Economy study track

The thesis evaluates the utility of Stephen Gill’s concept of new constitutionalism in understanding the functioning of the European Economic and Monetary union (EMU) in 2015– 2020. New constitutionalism is defined as legally locked in rules-based market discipline. The thesis has two research questions: 1) To what extent does the concept of new constitutionalism aptly describe the economic policy space of EMU member states? That is, to what extent the EMU, with its associated rules and criteria, constrains the economic policies of its member states? 2) To what extent are new constitutionalist principles “locked in” in the EMU? That is, to what extent is new constitutionalism really constitutional in the EMU?

Stinne Vognæs: Revitalising the ideals of higher education : educating students for life as professionals and citizens in a complex world

Media and Democracy

The aims of higher education have always been subject to debate and opposing opinions. In an increasingly complex world with many global challenges, the aims of higher education are once more debated. Furthermore, a growing international student body is also challenging what students should be educated for. How does these factors affect the aims of higher education and how should the university prepare students for this complex world?

Johan Wahlsten: The Politics of Economic Expertise : Economics, the State, and the Neoliberalisation of Finnish Social Democracy

Global Political Economy

Taking the Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP) as a case study, this thesis contributes to the understanding of how the SDP and centre-left parties more generally were neoliberalised, this is to say how they became to embrace the idea that society is best organised through markets and competition. Drawing from the work of Stephanie Mudge, the thesis focuses on party experts, those party actors oriented towards producing truth-claims of society, hence affecting the way parties conceive the world and speak.

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