Challenges in Advanced Democracies


The research group focuses its scholarly activity on the diverse challenges facing established democracies and the transformations they undergo. Such challenges and transformations relate to a variety of specific research foci such as institutions, diversity, transnationalization, globalization, terrorism and counterterrorism, European integration, and human security. The latter encompasses environmental issues as well as the ways that welfare states address important challenges such as labor migration and immigration, economic downturns, and an aging population. Alongside its concern with empirical phenomena, the group also directs its attention towards contemporary political philosophy, studying the concepts and principles that people use to describe, explain, and evaluate political events and institutions.

Georg Picot

Georg Picot creates meeting space for political economy enthusiasts

Associate Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics, Georg Picot, has initiated a line of seminars on themes related to political economy. The seminars will provide a meeting arena for researchers and others that are interested from different academic communities.

Refugee crisis

Department Professor Hakan G. Sicakkan takes on leading role in conference on the Common European Asylum System

The common asylum procedure suggested within the framework of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) lays the foundation for the conference in Brussels, where Hakan G. Sicakkan from the Department of Comparative Politics is the academic convener.

New professor.

A senior UiB official returns to her roots

The Department of Comparative Politics has a new professor, but she’s no junior staffer. Until recently she was the University of Bergen’s second-in-command.

Visit to NAV.

Course on labour market policy visits public employment office

Welfare theory meets practice.

Tatham receives award

Michaël Tatham wins the 2017 UACES Best Book Prize

Professor at the Institute of Comparative Politics, Michaël Tatham, wins yet another award for his outstanding work on European regions.