Dissertations

One of the best ways of developing your research skills is to see how other students respond to similar questions. Reading other students’ dissertations can provide interesting insights and broaden your understanding of what is possible when approaching your own research question.

The Emergence and Cascading of Pope Francis’ Norm of Social Justice

The Emergence and Cascading of Pope Francis’ Norm of Social Justice

Since Pope Francis has restated the importance of social justice, this norm is going through a ‘life cycle’, and Catholics are beginning to accept and act upon it.

Barack Obama: How an ‘Unknown’ Senator Became President of the USA

Barack Obama: How an ‘Unknown’ Senator Became President of the USA

In 2004, few Americans had ever heard of Obama, let alone considered voting for him. Yet, within four years he had been elected president.

Short-Term Volunteering and Local Development Projects in Developing Countries

Short-Term Volunteering and Local Development Projects in Developing Countries

While an important source of aid in achieving local development, short-term volunteering is more suited to the volunteer than to the host community.

Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy Trends and Interactions with Native Americans

Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy Trends and Interactions with Native Americans

Certain trends in American foreign policy can be better understood when seen as framed by the context of interactions with Native Americans

Does the Latin American Left Offer a Post-Neoliberal Alternative?

Does the Latin American Left Offer a Post-Neoliberal Alternative?

The role of the state as the facilitator of capitalist interests has limited the Bolivian government in its ability to initiate a break from neoliberal economics.

Neoliberal Globalisation and the “Arab Spring”; One Facet of a Global Movement?

Neoliberal Globalisation and the “Arab Spring”; One Facet of a Global Movement?

The movements of 2011 were motivated by multiple grievances, but the common underlying factors were socioeconomic grievances and a rejection of the neoliberal program.

American Exceptionalism: Exemplifying Patriotism and Justifying Imperialism

American Exceptionalism: Exemplifying Patriotism and Justifying Imperialism

American exceptionalism exemplifies the patriotic essence of the American people, but it has also proven problematic for the conduct of sound American foreign policy.

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and Rwanda elicit a sense of victimhood upon which their respective foreign policies have been built.

Recontextualising the ‘War on Terror': Discursive Practices from Bush to Obama

Recontextualising the ‘War on Terror': Discursive Practices from Bush to Obama

The strategies employed by the Bush administration after 9/11 to manufacture public consent for action have since been recontextualised towards Iran by Barack Obama.

Comparing Third-Party Management of Peace Spoilers in Liberia and Sierra Leone

Comparing Third-Party Management of Peace Spoilers in Liberia and Sierra Leone

The way third parties manage spoilers during peace processes plays an important role in explaining why some peace agreements are successful and why others fail.

An Evaluation of National Party System Europeanization: A Case Study of Croatia

An Evaluation of National Party System Europeanization: A Case Study of Croatia

The variation in Croatia’s party systems is apparent through institutionalisation, the European socialisation of Croatian elites and voter attitudes towards the EU.

The Neoconservative Influence on US Foreign Policy and the 2003 Iraq War

The Neoconservative Influence on US Foreign Policy and the 2003 Iraq War

For the Neocons ideas are everything. Unfortunately, as proven by the insurgency which rose in Iraq, the rest of the world has very different ideas about global society.