Reading PhD thesis awarded the Lord Bryce Prize 2009
Emmanuel Sigalas from the School of Politics and International Relations has been awarded the Lord Bryce Prize for 2009 for his PhD thesis titled, 'People Mobility and European Union Legitimacy: the Effect of the Erasmus Student Exchange Program On European Identity and EU Support'. The thesis discusses how legitimacy and diffuse support for the European Union might be generated, and uses the Erasmus Student Exchange Program to analyse how the socialisation effects of student mobility might generate affect for the EU and a European identity. Comparing students who studied in England with students who studied on the continent and with non-mobile students, the thesis concludes that the Erasmus experience does not affect self identity or general beliefs about European integration but that, under certain conditions, it can boost both support for EU membership and what has come to be known as a European 'we-feeling'.
The Lord Bryce Prize for International Relations/Comparative Studies 2009 is awarded by the Political Studies Association for the best dissertation in the field of international relations or comparative studies.