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.


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.

Special Issue of Civil Wars

Understanding Armed Groups and Party Politics

The latest edition of the Journal Civil Wars is a special issue edited by Gyda Marås Sindre and Johanna Söderström.

The quality of our lives

Taking Research to New Heights

Yvette Peters is trying to strengthen democracy by studying political inequality and representation. She likes the idea that her work is relevant.

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