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Department of Political Studies

The vision of the Department  of Political Studies is to cultivate quality graduates who are equipped to engage with the complex political challenges of the 21st century. This means not only being able to construct sophisticated arguments on the basis of thorough research, but also to participate in individual and collective processes of problem-solving and to contribute to the intellectual project of the department at postgraduate level.

​The Department is a small, yet dynamic high-performance enterprise, motivated to facilitate quality teaching and research in the fields of Political Science and International Relations.

In addition, the Department leads several innovative research programmes on the following areas:  new forms of representation, participation and accountability, informality and urban politics, the quality of election campaigns, middle powers and in the new international order, and international politics around nuclear capability.​​​

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