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Masters research


Prize winning MSc dissertations

Masters students undertake a dissertation as part of all our MSc programmes, allowing them to further develop their research in areas of interest. Each year a prize is awarded to the dissertation with distinction that receives the highest mark across each of our MSc programmes. Read some of our students' recent prize winning MSc dissertations below.

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2019/20

Joint Winners of the MSc Comparative Politics Prize for Best Dissertation

Varieties Of Exports, Varieties Of Growth: The Institutional Determinants Of Growth Model Variation Among Coordinated Market Economies.Thomas Prendergast

Issue Ownerships And Party Polarisation: Does The Effect Of Issue Ownership Considerations On The Vote Choice Depend On The (Relevant) Party Polarisation In An Individual’s Consideration Set? | Michael Stirnimann

Joint Winners of the MSc Conflict Studies Prize for Best Dissertation

Killing The Dead: The Logic Of Cemetery Destruction During Genocidal Campaigns.  | Noa Krikler

Second MSc Conflict Studies Joint Prize-Winning Dissertation Not Published.

Winner of the MSc Global Politics Prize for Best Dissertation

Evaluating The International Criminal Court’s Performance: An Empirical Study Of The Court’s Deterrence Effects In Darfur, Sudan.Maximillian Hörtnagl

Joint Winners of the MSc Political Science and Political Economy Prize for Best Dissertation

Restricting The Citizen’s Initiative: An Analysis Of Policy Adoption And Proposal In U.S. States.Allegra Dawes

Local Political Responsiveness To Electoral Pressures On Corruption: Evidence From An Anti-Corruption Referendum In Colombia.Hannah Fölsz

Joint Winners of the MSc Political Theory Excellent Dissertation Award

Towards A Postcolonial Contract: Revisiting Malaysia's Grand Bargain.Aiman Mohammad Caezar

The Seed Of A Good Life: Why Societies Should Support Parents.Felix Westerén

Winner of the MSc Public Administration  and Government Prize for Best Dissertation

Factionalism, Competition And Efficiency In Russian Banking.Alexander Soldatkin

Joint Winner of the Peter Self Prize (MSc Public Policy And Administration) for Best Dissertation

Determinants Of Open Government And Transparency Reforms: An Exploratory Study Of Provincial Governments In Argentina.Julia Amerikaner

Second MSc Public Policy and Administration Joint Prize-Winning Dissertation Not Published.

Winner of the MSc Regulation William Robson Prize for Best Dissertation

The Political Independence Of Regulatory Agencies: A Critical Appraisal Of A “Magic Concept” And Perspectives For Its Reconceptualization.Elisa Cartesi


2018/19

Best MSc Comparative Politics Dissertation Prize-winner

'A War Against our Values?' - An Actor-Centred Comparison of Anti-Immigration Framing in the UK, Netherlands and FranceJoshua Kay

Best MSc Conflict Studies Dissertation Joint Prize-winners

Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: Global Norm or Passing Trend?Claire Williams

Rebel Strength and Post-Agreement Conflict: A Disaggregated AnalysisKonrad Pialucha

Are French Muslims Constructed as a "Suspect Community"? A Critical Discourse Analysis of French Right-Wing Newspaper Coverage of Islamist Terrorism Between 1995 and 2015 Etienne Koeppel

Prize for Best MSc Global Politics Dissertation

The Forest Stewardship Council and Colonialism: A Critical Anti-Colonial Analysis of the Forest Stewardship Council's Normative Framework Yumann Siddiq

Prize for Best MSc Political Theory Dissertation

Data Ownership, Fraud and the Tainted AI: On the Unjust Means in the Development of Artificial Intelligence Ricky Li

Joint Prize for Best MSc Political Science and Political Economy Dissertation

The Mass Media of Remembering: The Role of TV in Coming to Terms with the Nazi PastLuis Bosshart

In Europe We Trust? An Examination into the Determinants of Citizen Trust in the European Union and European Institutions, and the Factors Leading to Extreme Political Views Among EU Citizens | Ailbhe Brioscu

Prize for best MSc Public Policy and Administration dissertation (not published).

Prize for best MSc Public Administration and Government dissertation

Female Representation and the Substantive Representation of Women's Interests by Male MPs Luxia Broadbent

Prize for best MSc Regulation dissertation

What Counts in CEO Appointments in State-Owned Enterprises? Evidence from Chile, 1990-2018Pablo Torres

 

2017/18

Prize for Best MSc Comparative Politics Dissertation

Generational Effects and Support for the European Union in the UK: Political Socialisation During World War II | Kieran Devine

Prize for Best MSc Conflict Studies Dissertation

The Effectiveness of Women’s Leadership – Recognising and Addressing Wartime Sexual ViolenceElisabet Olafsdottir

Prize for Best MSc Global Politics Dissertation

Business for Climate: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Policy Support and Opposition from Transnational Companies | Daniel Witte

Prize for Best MSc Political Theory Dissertation

The Political as a Theological Problem in the Thought of Carl SchmittJack Hutchison

Prize for best MSc Political Science and Political Economy dissertation

Ballot-Structure and Corruption: A Natural Experiment from French Municipal ElectionsSebastian Law

Prize for best MSc Public Public Policy and Administration dissertation

Federalism’s Flaw: Does Decentralisation Enable the Violation of International Labour Law? | Evan Stubbings

Prize for best MSc Public Administration and Government dissertation

Can Zombies be Rational? Investment, policy uncertainty and the Role of SOEs in China | Anthony Ng

What Affect Bureaucratic Attitudes Toward the Reform of Integrated Administrative Executive System: Evidence from the Practices in two Chinese MunicipalitiesFangda Ding

Prize for best MSc Regulation dissertation

(no prize awarded)

2016/17

Prize for Best MSc Comparative Politics Dissertation

Voting Islamist or Voting Secular? An Empirical Analysis of Election Outcomes in Tunisia’s Democratic Transition 2011-2014Sapandeep Maini

Prize for Best MSc Conflict Studies Dissertation

Transitional Justice Beyond EU Conditionality: Post-Accession Backsliding in Croatia from a Rational Institutionalist PerspectiveTijana Recevic

Prize for Best MSc Global Politics Dissertation

Discourse Contestation, Deliberation, and the Democratization of Global Governance: Evaluating the Labour Migration-and-Development Arena Against the ‘Discursive Democracy’ IdealCazadira Tamzil

Prize for Best MSc Political Theory Dissertation

A Disputed State: the Nature and Practice of Political Philosophy in Michael Oakeshott’s Early Writings Samuel Louis Bickler

The Scope of Public Reason Under Non-Ideal Conditions: Introducing the Interference ViewHenrik Dahlquist

Prize for best MSc Political Science and Political Economy dissertation

The Revolving Door for Political Elites: An Empirical Analysis of the Linkages between Government Officials’ Professional Background and Financial RegulationElisa Wirsching

Prize for best MSc Public Policy and Administration dissertation.

Measuring Transforming Rehabilitation’s Impact on Public Service MotivationMatthew Walker

Prize for best MSc Public Administration and Government dissertation

(no prize awarded)

Prize for best MSc Regulation dissertation

(no prize awarded)