Jonathon W. Moses

Welcome to my personal page. 

My ambition with this page is to provide some background information about my academic career, as well as a clearing house for some of my publications.  Should you have any questions, discover any problems/broken links, and/or are looking for a publication that is not listed below, you mustn't hesitate to contact me directly. --Jonathon

Curriculum Vitae

My bachelors degree (BA) is from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) in Russian and East European Studies.  I then attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where I received an MA and PhD in Political Science.  Since 1993 I have been employed at the University of Trondheim (now the Norwegian University of Science and Technology), but I have also taught at a number of other universities (in addition to the above mentioned), including the University of Durban-Westville in Durban South Africa and the North South University in Dhaka Bangladesh.  A .pdf version of a more complete CV is available here.


Courses Taught

My repertoire of courses include:


Introduction to Comparative Politics; Introduction to Political Theory; Norway in a Global Context; Global Society; Upper-level undergraduate course on the European Union; Upper-level undergraduate course on Theories and Models in Political Science; Upper-level undergraduate course on Political Economy; Graduate Seminar on International Political Economy; Graduate seminar on Research Design; Graduate seminar on Comparative and Historical Methods; Graduate seminar on Development Theory and Practice; Graduate seminar on Democratic Theory; Graduate seminar on the European Union; Graduate seminar on Petroleum Management, Political Economy and Ethics; Doctoral seminar on Open Economy Macroeconomic Management.


New Dataset

You can now download the EMIG dataset employed in my most recent work.



Generally speaking, my research interests can be divided into several (overlapping) subject areas: International Migration; Sovereignty and Globalization; Sovereignty and the European Union; Democracy and Peace; Methodology; Others; and Book Reviews.  A sampling of these is available below.


Text Box: Visiting address:
Department of Sociology and Political Science
Dragvoll, Block 10, Level 5
Office 10537

Text Box: Contact details:
Phone: +47 73 596797
Fax: +47 73 591564

Text Box: Mailing address:
Department of Sociology and Political Science
NO-7491 Trondheim

Globalisering i Norge: Politisk, kulturell og økonomisk suverenitet i endring (co-authored with Anne Margrethe Brigham, Fagbokforlaget, 2007)


This book has two objectives: to provide a new, user-friendly, perspective to the study of globalization and to introduce three related fields of social science (political science, sociology and economics). Consequently, the book describes how the study of social science developed and matured in a context dominated by the interests of nation-states.  Central analytical and theoretical approaches within each field are used to illustrate the influence of nationalist thinking in social science.  Empirical examples from Norway are then used to illustrate how globalization changes the political, social and economic contexts, but also (more importantly) our perception of these contexts through the nationalistic lenses of social scientific study.  In short, we hope to show readers how sovereignty slowly but surely is challenged and then reconstructed at different levels and in different forms.  In the doing, we hope to help readers both understand and influence the development of sovereignty’s new forms.


Further information is available from the publisher



Ways of Knowing: Competing Methodologies and Methods in the Social and Political Sciences (co-authored with Torbjørn Knutsen,  Palgrave, 2007).


Ways of Knowing is the first edition of our book on methodology and methods in the social and political sciences.  See the updated 2nd Edition!  


Further information is available from the publisher.

International Migration: Globalization's Last Frontier (Zed Books, 2006). 

International Migration: Globalization’s Last Frontier is a short and provocative book aimed to encourage debate about the potential benefits of greater international migration.  As first evidenced on the streets of Seattle, there is growing frustration with the unjust distribution of our globe’s economic and political bounty.  International Migration begins by outlining these developments and today’s most prominent economic and political responses to them. In light of the many shortcomings associated with these responses, greater migration can be seen as a real and effective alternative for righting international wrongs. 

The argument in International Migration is made in two parts.  The main body of the book addresses four explicit arguments for free mobility, each based on a distinct academic tradition.  In particular, there are strong historical, moral, political, and economic grounds to consider how freer migration can bring a drastic improvement on the social, economic and political conditions that characterize today’s world, for both rich and poor.  This argument may not be a popular one, but it is sufficiently compelling not to be dismissed without serious debate.  The second part of the book then discusses and counters some of the most significant barriers to increasing international migration.  These include public opinion in the developed world and a monolithic body of conventional wisdom that regards free migration as too difficult, too costly, too dangerous or too unrealistic to consider.  In the end, the implications of this argument are clear and profound: free international migration can lessen the huge material inequalities and human injustices that many associate with today’s globalization.


Further information is available from the publisher or from the Amazon page

Norwegian Catch-up: Development and Globalization before World War II (Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2005).

Norwegian Catch-Up looks at the early Norwegian economic trajectory in light of its external commitments and opportunities.  It is concerned with Norway's economic performance relative to other countries at a time characterized by globalization, with a particular focus on the role of international trade, investment and migration. The book examines how a small open state adapted successfully to the demands of (and opportunities provided by) a global market place.  Not only did Norway manage an impressive economic record, but it developed concomitantly a strong and articulate labor movement and resilient democratic institutions.  In short, the Norwegian example provides hope for development in a context of globalization.  This text provides the student with a new and different vantage point for understanding the nature and scope of today's globalization and its effect on economic (and political) development.  It also provides some historical reflection on the liberal antecedent of modern social democracy.


Further information is available from the publisher or from the Amazon page

OPEN States in the Global Economy.  The Political Economy of Small State Macroeconomic Management (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan, 2000). 

OPEN States offers an outside-in framework for analysing the way in which national economic sovereignty is affected by globalization.  In response to the largely closed-economy assumptions of most cross-national work on economic policy-making, this framework interprets small-state behavior in terms of price- and or policy-taking: small open states are always adjusting to changing international conditions.  In short, economic policy choices are understood in terms of both international and domestic pressures.  This framework is then applied to a detailed case study of Norwegian economic policy-making.  The Norwegian case is particularly well suited for the task, as it represents a best-case scenario for those who believe that politics still matters in an increasingly global economic context.  In contrast to the assumptions of most cross-national studies, however, Norwegian full employment was not secured with an actively or consistently Keynesian policy mix.  Rather, the Norwegian policy mix changed frequently in response to external developments.

Further information is available from the Amazon page.

Globalization, Europeanization and the End of Scandinavian Social Democracy?  Co-edited with Robert Geyer and Christine Ingebritsen (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan, 2000). 

A key debate in the 1980s and 1990s revolved around the growing power of globalization and, in the European context, Europeanization.  For many, stressing the revolutionary increase in capital mobility and the subsequent decline in national autonomy, the end of the nation-state has arrived.  For others, noting the remarkable resilience of national institutions and welfare state structures, national distinctions remain paramount. Denmark, Norway and Sweden lie at the heart of this debate.  With extensive welfare states, high levels of social rights, powerful social democratic parties and trade-union movements and strong economic performance records, they remain islands of social democratic success in a increasingly neo-liberal economic ocean.  Can this be maintained or are we witnessing the end of the social democratic era?  This book attempts to answer this question by exploring the development of Scandinavian economic policy, welfare state/social policy and social democratic strategies.  It argues that Scandinavian social democracy is under substantial global and European pressure.  Nevertheless, despite various difficulties and adjustments, it continues to maintain its distinct social democratic profile, demonstrating that social democracy continues to survive in the new global and European order.

Further information is available from the Amazon page.

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“Labour and “Labour Migration and Integration in Kerala.” Co-authored with S. Irudaya Rajan. Labour & Development, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2012): 1-18.


“EMIG 1.2: A Global Time Series of Annual Emigration Flows.” International Migration. Advanced online publication. 2012, doi: 10.1111/imig.12026


Out-migration and Chinese rural development” Migration and Development, 2012, 1 (2): 244-260.


“Migration and Political Development: Exploring the National and International Nexus.” Migration and Development,  2012, 1 (1): 123-137.


“The Shadow of Schengen” In Erik Jones, Anand Menon and Stephen Weatherhill (eds), Oxford Handbook of the European Union (New York: Oxford University Press): 600-612.


“Migration in Europe.” In Ronald Tiersky and Erik Jones (eds). Europe Today. 4th Edition (New York, NY: Rowman and Littlefield), pp.371-397.


“The American Century? Migration and the Voluntary Social Contract.” Politics and Society. Vol 37, No. 3 (September 2009): 454-476).

“The Politics of Immigration: Introduction to a Special Issue on US Immigration.” European Journal of American Studies. Special issue on Immigration [Online], article 1, put online Dec. 01, 2009.

Leaving Poverty Behind: A Radical Proposal for Developing Bangladesh Through Emigration” Development Policy Review. Vol. 27, No. 4 (July 2009): 457-479.

“Proletarer i alle land, foren dere!” In Frank Meyer and Knut Kjeldstadli (eds), Uten grenser? Migrasjon og minoriteter (Oslo: SV, 2008): 37-47. 

“Exit, Vote and Sovereignty:  Migration, States and Globalization.”  Review of International Political Economy Vol. 12, No. 1 (February 2005): 53-77.

“If People were Money: Estimating the Gains and Scope of Free Migration.” Co-authored with Bjørn Letnes. In George J. Borjas and Jeffery Crisp (eds), Poverty, International Migration and Asylum (Palgrave, 2005): 188-210.


“The Economic Costs to International Labor Restrictions: Revisiting the Empirical Discussion".  Co-authored with Bjørn Letnes.  World Development Vol. 32, No. 10 (October, 2004): 1609-1626. 

“Two (Short) Moral Arguments for Free Migration”. In May Thorseth (ed.), Anvendt etikk ved NTNU Vol. 2 (2003): 25-30.

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International Migration
Sovereignty and Globalization
Sovereignty and the European Union

“Free Sailing or Tied to the Mast? The Political Costs of Monetary Adjustment in Iceland, Latvia and Ireland.” In James A. Caporaso and Martin Rhodes (eds), The Political and Economic Dynamics of the Eurozone Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2016): 233-257.


“Global Markets.” In Knud Erik Jørgensen, Åsne Kalland Aarstad, Edith Drieskens, Katie Laatikainen and Ben Tonra (eds) SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy (Los Angeles: SAGE, 2015), Volume 2, pp. 998-1012.


“Small states and the global economic crisis.” European Political Science (EPS), Vol. 12, No. 3 (2013): 271-75.


“Early Approaches to European Integration” in Federiga Bindi and Kjell A. Eliassen (eds), Analyzing European Union Politics (Bologna: Mulino, 2012): 23-48.


“Is Constitutional Symmetry Enough? Social Models & Market Integration in the US & Europe.” Journal of Common Market Studies. Vol. 49, No.4 (2011): 823-843.


“Home Alone: Integration and Influence in National Contexts”.  Chapter in Erik Jones and Amy Verdun (eds), The Political Economy of European Integration: Theory and Analysis (Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2005): 71-87.

 “Bridging the Micro-Macro Gap. A Multilevel Approach to Voter Behavior in the Nordic European Union Referendums”. Co-authored with Anders Todal Jenssen and Kristen Ringdal.  Tidsskrift for Samfunnsforskning Vol. 45 (2004): 215-245.


"Sweden and the EMU."  In Erik Jones, Jeffry Frieden and Francisco Torres (eds.), Joining Europe's Monetary Club: The Challenges for Smaller Member States (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan, 1998): 203-224.

"Finland and the EMU." In Erik Jones, Jeffry Frieden and Francisco Torres (eds), Joining Europe's Monetary Club: The Challenges for Smaller Member States (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan, 1998): 83-104.


"The Three Nations of Northern Europe." Co-authored with Pertti Pesonen, Anders Todal Jenssen, Mikael Gilljam and Rolf Tamnes. In Pertti Pesonen, Anders T. Jenssen and Mikael Gilljam (eds), To Join or Not to Join: Three Nordic Referenda on Membership in the European Union (Oslo: Scandinavian University press, 1998): 37-60.

"Nordic Accession: An Analysis of the EU Referendums."  Co-authored with Anders Todal Jenssen. In Barry Eichengreen and Jeffry Frieden (eds), Forging an Integrated Europe (University of Michigan Press, 1998): 211-246.


"Norge i den nye verdensøkonomien."  Co-authored with Bent Sofus Tranøy.  In Torbjørn L. Knutsen, Gunnar Sørbø and Svein Gjerdåker (eds), Norges Utenrikspolitikk. Second Edition (Oslo: Christian Michelsens Institutt/Cappelen, 1997): 124-141.

"Trojan horses: Putnam, ECU linkage and the EU ambitions of Nordic Elites." Review of International Political Economy Vol. 4, No.2 (Summer, 1997): 382-415.

"The Social Democratic Predicament in the Emerging European Union: A Capital Dilemma."  Journal of European Public Policy Vol. 2, No.3 (September 1995): 407-426.  Reprinted in William D. Coleman and Geoffrey R.D. Underhill (eds), Regionalism and Global Economic Integration (London: Routledge, 1998): 122-139.



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Democracy and Peace
Book Reviews

Updated 19 August  2016

Emigration and Political Development (Cambridge University Press, 2011)


While policy makers, international organizations and academics are increasingly aware of the economic effects of emigration, the potential political effects remain understudied. This book maps the nature of the relationship that links emigration and political development. In short, I explore the nature of political development, arguing that emigration influences political development. In the doing, I introduce a new cross-national database of annual emigration rates and analyze specific cases of international emigration (and out-migration within countries) under varying political and economic contexts.


Further information is available from the publisher.  See also Amazon.



Ways of Knowing: Competing Methodologies and Methods in the Social and Political Sciences 2nd Edition (co-authored with Torbjørn Knutsen,  Palgrave, 2012).


 This is the second edition of our popular Ways of Knowing textbook on methodology and methods in the social and political sciences.  In it we focus on the debate between naturalist and constructivist approaches.  We then use this debate to frame a discussion of how methods are employed within the social sciences.  Our end objective is to show the budding social scientist how methodological pluralism can be combined with intellectual rigor. 


Further information is available from the publisher.