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European researchers discussing during a CERGU seminar.
European researchers discussing during a CERGU seminar.
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General Research Seminar (AFS)

The General Research Seminar is our joint seminar. It presents innovative research from all branches of political science and also from other subject areas of relevance to the development of political science as a subject. Chair: Bo Rothstein.

Collective Action Research (CeCAR)

CeCAR holds regular lunchtime seminars with invited international and national guest lecturers on questions related to collective action. Chair: Sverker C. Jagers.

Centre for European Research at the University of Gothenburg (CERGU)

CERGU’s seminar programmes show everything from small workshops where individual researchers, projects, articles and applications were discussed, to large national and international conferences and symposia where researchers from around the world gathered to discuss current European issues.

Gothenburg Research Group on Elections, Public Opinion and Political Behavior (GEPOP)

This seminar includes presentations of research about how political systems influence elections, voter behaviour, political parties, participation in politics, citizens’ opinions, the media, and political campaigns. Chairs: Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson and Mikael Persson.

International Politics Seminar (IP)

We are a relatively small group of active researchers with an interest in international politics. Over recent years, our research interests have included the broad areas of foreign policy analysis, global governance, gender and international relations, transnational movements and international security. More specially, we have discussed issues of foreign policy leadership, gender and diplomacy, the relationship of states to the UN, trends in public opinion on international policy questions, and security and defence policy, including NATO and the EU. Chair: Adrian Hyde-Price.

Public Administration and Public Policy Seminar (PAPP)

This research area is about the capacities of politically elected bodies – the Swedish parliament (Riksdag), and municipal and county councils – to exercise governance. For instance, research in this area might concern what role the structure of public administration plays, or what roles other institutions play, from a comparative perspective. Other questions concern the individual citizen’s relationships with the authorities and municipal or state government services; the creation, implementation and outcomes of public reform programmes; and the role of the regions in political governance. This seminar discusses research about public administration and public policy. Papers presented at this seminar are often comparative in nature, either over time or between cases. Chair: Carl Dahlström.

Party Research Seminar

The Party Research Programme consists of a network of researchers with a special interest in political parties and party systems. Most of them are active as lecturers and researchers within the Department of Political Science. Its aim is to provide a platform for generating and disseminating knowledge and research findings about political parties through symposia, workshops and a regular seminar series for the benefit of researchers and students – even those outside the Department of Political Science.

Political Theory

The field of political theory covers a number of sub-areas, of which the normative political theory is the most prevalent. It addresses a number of important, normative societal issues about the relationship between individual and society, what makes a society fair, what constraints on freedom are justified in liberal societies, how value conflicts should be handled in multicultural societies, etc. Other areas are the history of political ideas, political theory, conceptual analysis and to a certain extent also the theory of science.

Quality of Government (QoG)

These are seminars on the quality of government and the causes and effects of corruption. How are high-quality political institutions created and maintained? How does corruption and governance impact human health, the environment, social policy and poverty? The questions are many. The answers are provided by speakers from the international research milieu as well as experts from NGOs and other types of organisations. Chair: Andreas Bågenholm.

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem)

These seminars focus on questions of democracy. International researchers and parts of V-Dem’s global team present their research on issues such as violence in connection with elections in democratic countries, the stability of party systems in new democracies, and democratic and authoritarian regimes. Chairs: Staffan I. Lindberg och Anna Lührmann.

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