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.


Islamist movements and contentious politics in the Middle East draw a record number of students

Post doctor Teije Hidde Donker says his research and course is about a “hot topic” that also relates to the debate on terrorism and the threat of radicalism in Europe and Norway.


Two new articles from Jonas Linde

Jonas Linde, Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics, has together with Stefan Dahlberg published two new articles.

PhD course

Effects of Lawfare: Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change

The University of Bergen offers a PhD course in connection with Bergen Exchanges 2016, organized by Centre on Law and Social Transformation (Chr. Michelsen Institute and Department of Comparative Politics). The course is held August 18th – August 26th.

Vacant positions

Money Talks

There is a vacancy for a PhD position as well as a postdoctoral research fellow position at the Department of Comparative Politics within the research group on Democracy and Development.

Master ceremony

Comparative Politics Strongly Represented at the Master Ceremony

The Master Ceremony 2016 hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences was held on Friday June 10th.

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