The research interests of the members of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) span across comparative politics, international relations, sociology, and social and political theory. 
We focus on contemporary phenomena, at the national, sub-national and transnational level, mainly but not exclusively in Europe.

We support an eclectic approach to research projects and doctoral theses, often cutting across traditional academic boundaries. A variety of method courses and workshops on data gathering and analysis are available in the first two years—survey, experimental and ethnographic; quantitative and qualitative—while field-work and data collection normally take place in the second and third year.

 

New appointments


Hix-Photo 120The Department of Political and Social Sciences is delighted to announce that Professor Simon Hix of the London School of Economics and Political Science will be joining EUI in September 2021, as the next Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politics. Like the current holder of the Chair, Prof. Hanspeter Kriesi, Hix is internationally known for the rigour and cutting-edge nature of his research. At LSE, Simon is Pro-Director for Research and Harold Laski Professor of Political Science; he is also a Fellow of the British Academy, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts – all titles and positions that attest to the quality of his research and his passion for post-graduate research and training.

Professor Hix is an expert on comparative political behaviour and institutions, especially parties and elections, parliamentary behaviour, electoral systems, and European Union institutions and politics.  His research employs a sophisticated mix of quantitative and experimental methods, while taking theory and history seriously – a pluralism that is rare in today’s hyper-specialized disciplinary world. Hix has written four books and published articles in top US and European journals in political science, including American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceBritish Journal of Political Science, and European Journal of Political Research.  A look at his Google Scholar numbers indicates that not only is Prof. Hix publishing broadly, he is also (very) widely read and cited.  Welcome Simon!

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Hofmann-NEW 250The Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSC) are delighted to announce that Professor Stephanie Hofmann of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies will be joining EUI in September 2021, as the next SPS/RSC Joint Chair in International Relations. At the Graduate Institute, Stephanie is Professor of International Relations and heads its International Relations / Political Science Department.

Professor Hofmann is an international-relations theorist and security studies specialist with expertise on the European Union; international organisations and regime complexity; the UN; NATO and alliance relations; peacekeeping and peacebuilding; and global ordering.  Hofmann’s first book - European Security in NATO's Shadow (Cambridge, 2013) - is path breaking, arguing that European security can best be understood through recourse to broader theories of international relations and comparative politics, and when we take the domestic politics of security cooperation seriously. Beyond the book, Stephanie has published in leading international relations / political science and European security/studies journals (Journal of Conflict Resolution; Journal of Peace Research; Perspectives on Politics; European Journal of International Relations; International Affairs; Cooperation and Conflict; Journal of Common Market Studies). 
Welcome Stephanie!

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