Department of Political and Social Sciences

We focus on contemporary challenges facing European politics and societies

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

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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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SPS Summer Academy 2021

The SPS Summer Academy on ‘(In)equality, Democracy and Solidarity in Europe’ will take place from 6-10 September 2021 at the European University Institute.

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Timo Seidl on Ideas, politics, and technological change

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Simon Hix from LSE joins the Department in September 2021

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Stephanie Hofmann appointed as Joint Chair in International Relations

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Department of Political and Social Sciences

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Via della Badia dei Roccettini, 9

50014 Fiesole FI

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