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.


Assessing democracy in the ‘Bergen tradition’

New work by Michaël Tatham and Yvette Peters at the Department of Comparative Politics grapples with European changes.

Stefan Dahlberg

‘Survey methodology is always important’

Newest SAMPOL prof an expert at gathering, analyzing public opinion


For new SAMPOL scholar, it’s all about keeping the peace

Associate professor’s study of state building inspired by experiences in Africa


New SAMPOL researcher examines diversification of parties

“It is going to be interesting to look at tools for achieving greater political diversity.”

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

Democracy and Development

Citizens, Opinion, Representation

Challenges in Advanced Democracies