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Department of Political and Social Sciences

We focus on contemporary challenges facing European politics and societies

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Doctoral Programme

The core mission of the EUI Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) is the recruitment, training, and placement of early career researchers from throughout Europe.

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People

Our Faculty, Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs come from a broad range of countries spanning all Europe and beyond.

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Research

We focus on the interplay of institutional dynamics with their behavioral context.

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Seminars & Teaching

We are one of Europe’s leading centres for research on comparative politics, political behaviour and political sociology, the sociology of inequality, analytic sociology, and international relations and security.

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About

We conceptualise institutions dynamically by studying the interactions between institutions – both formal and informal - and their behavioural context. This applies to the analysis of the impact of party competition on public policies, changing family structures and their consequences for inequalities, changing norms of governance and conflict and their implications for politics and geo-politics.

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News

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Friends or Foes? Explaining Cohesion in Secessionist Movements

Every year, about 30 researchers defend their PhD theses in the SPS Department. In order to illustrate the range of their research, each month the department selects and presents a dissertation notable for both its exceptionally high quality and general interest to the public.

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Europe’s social investment and immigrant integration, post-COVID

The EU plans to spend €800 billion on post-COVID recovery measures. SPS Professor Anton Hemerijck, in collaboration with migrant integration experts, argues that adapting social investment to better serve vulnerable groups such as immigrants will provide the best future resilience.

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SPS researcher Maxine Both wins grant to study solidarity with migrants

Doctoral researcher Maxine Both has received Canadian funding for field research investigating immigrant detention in Italy and Canada and the ways civil society organisations build relationships and provide solidarity and assistance to detained migrants.

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SPS Department awards 2022 Linz Rokkan Prize

Vicente Valentim will be awarded the Linz Rokkan Prize for the Best EUI Doctoral Thesis in Political Sociology at this year's EUI Conferring Ceremony, taking place on 17 June 2022.

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