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.


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.”

Michaël Tatham

What drives economic preferences of regional bureaucrats?

SAMPOL scholar reveals new insights into decisions on the European recovery

Hakan Sicakkan

‘This book is an eye opener’

In a new work, SAMPOL scholar shines light on the European public sphere

Elisabeth Ivarsflaten

Climate policy – yea or nay? Depends if your job pays the price.

SAMPOL scholar finds fossil-fuel workers support renewable energy while opposing constraints on oil and gas.

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