Department of Comparative Politics

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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.

Arjan Shackel

Leading the way for subnational voting

Arjan Schakel’s project is coming to an end: –We have cracked open the black box of regional voting.

New PhD candidate
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Welcome to Julià as new PhD candidate at the Department

Julià Tudó Cisquella joins the department as PhD candidate on the PARTYCLIM project

Student exchange program
Elisabeth Lyons in Bergen

–A journey of personal growth

Elisabeth Lyons is the first exchange student from Chapel Hill in the USA to UiB and Sampol through CONTEST.

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David Altman joins Sampol as a guest researcher

Professor David Altman, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, is Scholar-in-Residence at the department throughout January


Workshop on “The Politics of Climate Governance: Resistance and Reactions to Change”

On November 16 and 17, 2023, Marte Samuelsen Skogen and Michaël Tatham organized a workshop, titled "The Politics of Climate Governance: Resistance and Reactions to Change".

Research at the Department of Comparative Politics is organised in two research groups and two research seminars.

Citizens, Opinion, Representation

Challenges in Advanced Democracies

Lunch seminars in Comparative Political Economy

Research Design and Methods