Globalisation and technological change have affected the ability of governments - to shape developments in their respective societies. At the same time, citizens expect their governments to take their interests and concerns seriously. They themselves sense the opportunities and constraints of globalisation, interconnectedness and global challenges, such as climate change, migration, terrorism or great power conflict. Governments, international organisations, companies and civil society actors thus need to act at global, regional or national and local levels to meet the demands of their stakeholders. This is done in a context of changing government capabilities and increasingly global challenges. How do they do this? And how should they act? The Department of Political Science analyses these and related challenges facing citizens, practitioners and policymakers.
The Department of Political Science consists of three sections: Empirical Political Science, International Relations and Political Theory. In addition, the Centre for International Conflict Analysis & Management (CICAM) conducts academic research and provides teaching on peace and security, war and conflict.