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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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EU elections: Simon Hix predicts 'A sharp right turn'

Simon Hix, Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politics at the EUI, discusses the findings of his recent study, published by the European Council of Foreign Relations, on the upcoming 2024 EU elections.

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SPS theses of the month: January

The Department of Political and Social Sciences is delighted to announce that during the month of January two PhD researchers successfully defended their dissertation.

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The Ukraine war and the Russians who left home

The European University Institute (EUI) is pleased to release the findings of a compelling research project that examines the wave of Russian emigration following the February 2022 attack on Ukraine.

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27 February 2024

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Glocal governance

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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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