4 PhD Fellowships - PhD programme in 'Politics, public policies and globalization' (1 position without fellowship)

Università di Perugia, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche

Applications: 28 August 2017

Four positions with fellowships (one position with fellowship is reserved to foreign students). One position without fellowship. The Department of Political Sciences of the University of Perugia offers the PhD program “Politics, Public Policies and Globalization” to Italian and foreign students. Candidates can apply within the terms established by the fellowship competition announcement for each PhD cycle (http://www.unipg.it/didattica/dottorati-di-ricerca/bandi-avvisi-e-modulistica).

For further information about the Department's PhD program, please contact: Prof. Marco Mazzoni (marco.mazzoni@unipg.it).

The PhD program in “Politics, Public Policies and Globalization” deals with the main themes of contemporary democracy, from a range of interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives, including the historical, the sociological, the legal, the political, and the communication perspective. The program explores three specific areas, corresponding to three different curricula.

The curriculum “Transformations of Democracy” aims to investigate the democratic system in light of its main transformations, involving changes in the forms of political representation; the electoral systems; the relationship between the elites and the masses; the role of political parties; the role of the mass media, and especially of the new media, in the construction of consensus and of an informed public opinion.

The curriculum “Democracy and New Welfare” focuses on the links between democracy and welfare, looking in particular at the transformations which have taken place in the last century, and exploring a number of research topics, including institutional and legal frameworks, forms and structures of welfare, the evolution of civil rights, etc.

The curriculum “Democracy and Globalization” addresses issues such as the history and current dynamics of international relations; the philosophical and political assumptions underpinning those relations; attempts to implement a single international policy as to multilateral diplomacy and international relations; North-South relations and development cooperation; the role of culture, consensus, translation and multilingualism in multiethnic societies and international relations.

The PhD program involves both institutional training and individual research. The Director of the program is Prof. Paolo Mancini.

The application should include a research project proposal by the candidate.

Candidates will be required to take a test, either in English or in Italian, in two parts, on 18 and 19 September 2017 in Perugia. The first part will be a written essay on a topic within the mandate of the PhD program, the second part will be an interview. Also evaluated will be previous publications by the candidate, including M.A. theses.

The enrolled candidates will be required to spend part of the time in Perugia in order to attend seminars and classes. An advanced knowledge of English in mandatory. Candidates should also possess some basic knowledge of Italian, and be willing to be fast learners.