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Political Science


The researchers at the Institute cover a wide range of research themes and methodological approaches. They represent and combine the key disciplines in political science.

Our academic staff bundle these areas of expertise:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Dutch Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Psychology
  • Political Theory
  • Public Policy
  • Research Methodology

In addition, our researchers work on research topics with relevance to Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia,  Africa, Asia and Latin America. Organisationally, research is part of the research programme The Institutions of Politics: Design, Workings, and Implications, which serves as an overarching theme for the Institute.

The Institute co-hosts the Leiden University Research Profile Area Political Legitimacy. It also participates in the Centre for Political Philosophy, and the Center for Central and East European Studies. Members of our staff are co-editors of the political science journals Acta Politica, Public Administration, East European Politics, Regional and Federal Studies, and Res Publica.

The ERC project Authoritarianism 2.0 is currently housed in the Institute with Danie Stockmann as a lead investigator. Ingrid van Biezen led the ERC project Re-conceptualising party democracy during 2008-2013.

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