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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.

Workshop
Workshop

Methods workshop: “Bayesian Measurement in R/JAGS” with Dr. Xavier Fernández-i-Marín

The department's internal workshop on measurements and concepts proved to be both challenging and rewarding.

2018 Rokkan Memorial Lecture
Rokkan Memorial Lecture

A New Economic Era: The Gig Economy

Professor Kathleen Thelen from MIT held the 2018 Rokkan Memorial Lecture, and presented the American precariat in a true Rokkanian, comparative tradition.

Rokkan Memorial Lecture
Kathleen Thelen

Political economy on the agenda for the 2018 Rokkan Memorial Lecture

The Stein Rokkan Memorial Lecture of 2018 will be held by Professor Kathleen Thelen, whose research on historical institutionalism and comparative historical analysis connects her to the work of Stein Rokkan.

Research
Gyda Sindre

Gyda Sindre launches new research network on post-conflict studies

Researcher and Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Comparative Politics and University of Cambridge, Gyda Sindre, has launched an ambitious research network and website which will bring thorough attention to several themes connected to post-conflict studies.

New professor
Stefan Dahlberg

Stefan Dahlberg gains promotion to professor

Stefan Dahlberg, who has been an associate professor at the department over the last years specializing in themes such as voter behavior and experimental research, has gained his promotion to professor.

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

Democracy and Development

Citizens, Opinion, Representation

Challenges in Advanced Democracies