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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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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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The Protean and Control Powers of the four European Unions

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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Researching education and inequalities: EUI welcomes Herman van de Werfhorst

Herman van de Werfhorst joined the EUI’s Department of Political and Social Sciences on 1 September 2022 as Chair in Sociology. He is on leave from the University of Amsterdam, where he was Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department and Co-director of the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies.

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Publications

The Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) specialises in comparative politics, sociology, political and social theory and international relations.

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