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University of Gothenburg
Election campaign in Gothenburg in 2014.
Photo: Johan Wingborg

Research areas and projects

At the Department of Political Science we conduct research in various fields of political science, such as political theory and philosophy, international politics, political parties and political behavior, gender and politics, democracy and other forms of government, constitutional studies, local politics, sustainable development, public administration and governance.

Political science - the scientific study of politics

Political science is often defined as "the scientific study of politics". But what is "politics"? Politics is sometimes defined as the legitimate struggle for the distribution of values in a society - for example, the struggle over how society's economic resources should be distributed. Sometimes politics is narrowly defined, as national and local public decision-making. Sometimes politics is broadly defined, where the personal - or even the private - is also political.