Department of Comparative Politics

Comparative politics is the systematic study of political institutions, organisations, processes and behaviour at the local, national and international level. Comparisons across political systems and over time are central to the subject. The main focus of the research is democracy and democratisation in a wide sense, thematically and geographically.

Do you want to study Comparative Politics?

We offer study programs in Comparative Politics, European Studies and Democracy Building.
- Study programs

- For exchange students

- Read mores about studies in comparative politics

If you need information regarding your studies, you can contact the student adviser or The Information Centre at The Faculty of Social Sciences.

New post-doc

New Post-Doc will research political responsiveness

- Although elections are essential for the relationship between citizens and the political elite, the post-election phase and the subsequent correspondence between citizens’ expectations and policy outcomes is also fundamental, says new post-doc Andrea Fumarola.


With democracy in danger, can activists fight back? Scholar studies civil society, regional resistance in Africa

SAMPOL’s newest graduate researcher is intrigued by “the many-headed creature that is civil society.”

Research grant

How should we respond to populism?

With prestigious grant, professor tackles the challenge of the radical right.


Want to debate African politics?

New post-doc tackles (mis)rule in Africa with sharp tongue, sharper ideas


A senior UiB official returns to her roots

The Department of Comparative Politics has a new professor, but she’s no junior staffer. Until recently she was the University of Bergen’s second-in-command.

Research at the Department of Comparative Politics is organised in three research groups.

Democracy and Development

Citizens, Opinion, Representation

Challenges in Advanced Democracies