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.


Fourteen nationalities now represented at Comparative Politics

Diverse groups are more likely to succeed


In a bold new blog, scholars weigh in on current events

‘Saktuelt’ provides a forum for political scientists to grapple with topics in the news.

Stein Rokkan Memorial Lecture 2017

Can Europe become a ‘community of trust?’

Maurizio Ferrera tackles EU integration in annual Rokkan Lecture.

The Roberts Court

Seminar compares high courts in Norway and the US

American legal experts and Bergen scholars share perspectives on court structures, practices and trends.

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

Democracy and Development

Citizens, Opinion, Representation

Challenges in Advanced Democracies