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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.

Research project

Money power and gender balance in politics

Sampol-professor Ragnhild Louise Muriaas’ new research project “Money Talks” will research how financial means affect women's political representation.

Dissemination

Nordic welfare research presented in Cape Town

Professor Emeritus Stein Kuhnle is known for sharing his research on the welfare state internationally. His last stop was in South Africa, where a collaboration has led to the creation of SANORD - the South African Nordic Centre.

Research project

Breaking Bad at Sampol

A new research project headed by Prof. Lise Rakner, will research whether dictators are abusing formal institutions in a Backlash Against Democracy (BAD) in Africa, or whether formal institutions increasingly restrain the discretionary power of more-or-less democratic politicians.

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.

NEW EMPLOYEE

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

Democracy and Development

Citizens, Opinion, Representation

Challenges in Advanced Democracies