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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.

Conference

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.

Research

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.

NEW EMPLOYEE

New post-doc tackles political inequality in post-communist countries

The Department of Comparative Politics' new post-doc, Trajche Panov, has been taking on several ambitious projects over the last years. For his post-doc term in Bergen, he wants to research political inequality in post-communist countries, both of which he sees as understudied.

Research project

Money power and gender balance in politics

Sampol-professor Ragnhild Louise Muriaas’ new research project “Money Talks” will research how financial means affect women's political representation.

Dissemination

Nordic welfare research presented in Cape Town

Professor Emeritus Stein Kuhnle is known for sharing his research on the welfare state internationally. His last stop was in South Africa, where a collaboration has led to the creation of SANORD - the South African Nordic Centre.

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

Democracy and Development

Citizens, Opinion, Representation

Challenges in Advanced Democracies