FREEDOM MATTERS: A theoretical-practical approach to the measurement of freedom

Submitted by Susana on Thu, 06/08/2023 - 11:03
21 Jun 2023
Cruz Balbuena, Leopoldo


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As part of our Our Doctoral Defense Series, we invite you to listen and debate with Leopoldo Cruz Balbuena (Polo) Ph.D. Candidate at the University of the Basque Country.  Polo, former master student will present us his Ph.D. Dissertation entitled Freedom Matters: A Theoretical-Practical Approach to the Measurement of Freedom on June 21st, 2023 at 16:00 CET via Zoom and available Worldwide.  Please, register at the link or scan the QR in the poster.

Freedom matters is a strong statement on one of the most important concepts behind the political scene in modern times. This research features two significant contributions: it shows the hegemonic theoretical conceptualization of freedom in social sciences and unveils those theories as the ideological foundations of modern global freedom indices. Using mixed methodologies proper of the social sciences, I developed a discourse analysis in its qualitative aspect of the most influential texts in the field to continue with the data analysis of secondary data provided by essential freedom indices from around the globe. It links both methods into a matrix of analysis that provides valuable information about ideological and political alignments of the institutions behind the production of each index. The research also unveils the methodology currently used for measuring freedom (although not exclusively on this subject) and how this is detrimental to the plural and multicultural understanding of the global and local reality. With its unique theoretical-practical components, this research has significant implications for social policy. It will soon provide a more unified understanding of security, selfpreference, and opportunity as components of a more integrating knowledge of freedom.