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.

Michaël Tatham

SAMPOL scholar reveals new insights into European regions

In his new book, Professor Michaël Tatham explores how states and their sub-state regions cooperate (and sometimes clash) in the EU

Lee Epstein

Top law scholar to join UiB

One of the world’s leading judicial scholars has joined the University of Bergen as a visiting professor.


The Three D's of Community: Distance, Difference, Dependence

Marks and Hooghe built their lecture on Rokkan’s profound analysis of peripheral community. They discussed how distance, difference and dependence of territorial communities endure within a state.


Stein Rokkan’s Heritage to Contemporary Political Science:

- Understanding Representational and Policy-Making Challenges in Multi-Jurisdictional Polities.

New PhD candidates

Indigenous People and Governance in the Arctic

Elin Monstad and Aaron Spitzer are newly appointed PhD candidates at the Department of Comparative Politics.

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