Political Science

The world is changing. Globalisation and technological change have affected the ability of governments to shape developments in their respective societies. Key institutions of international and domestic order face increasing backlash. Global issues such as climate change, migration, economic crises, terrorism or great power conflict challenge governments, international organisations, companies and civil society actors alike. The complexity and interconnectedness of contemporary politics requires these actors to manage and be responsive to the demands of their stakeholders and citizens at global, regional, national and local levels. How do they do this? And how should they act?

The Department of Political Science examines these and related questions about power, society and public life in its research and teaching. It does so to foster the capacities and skills of engaged, critical citizens devoted to pursuing questions and solutions of political community and civic life. Read more about the story of Nijmegen School of Management.




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The departmental approach is to focus on legitimacy and institutional change: institutional change (globally, regionally, nationally) may accommodate demands and affect capabilities; legitimacy is indispensable in effectuating institutional change, whereas institutional performance will affect legitimacy and thus the long-term resilience of societies. The Department Political Science is embedded in the Institute for Management Research. View all publications here.

About our department

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Research in the picture

Some of the research of the Department of Political Science is featured below. View the full news overview and all ongoing projects here.

Famke Veenstra portret

Jury 'blown away': Famke Veenstra wins Daniel Heinsius prize for best master's thesis in political science

Famke Veenstra wins Daniel Heinsius Prize for the best master's thesis in the Netherlands, awarded on behalf of the Dutch Circle for Science of Politics NKWP.

Nora Stel portretfoto

University lecturer Nora Stel interviewed by Radio NPO1 and Nieuwsuur

Nora Stel was interviewed by Radio NPO1 ‘Met het Oog op Morgen’ and Nieuwsuur on the refugee issue in Syria, the EU's migration deal with Lebanon and the increasing hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.

Alex Lehr en Carolien van Ham

Carolien van Ham and Alex Lehr receive KNAW grant for research on economic inequality and democratic support

When does higher economic inequality lead to democratic erosion? To answer that question Carolien van Ham and Alex Lehr received a KNAW grant worth 200,000 euros from the ‘Fonds Staatsman Thorbecke’.

Blogs and interviews

Indigenous social movements

Student blog: Degrowth or ecomodernism? A response to Rutger Bregman

Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, famous for berating billionaires at the World Economic Forum over tax avoidance, was once again caught up in controversy. Camiel Bus outlined degrowth’s theoretical merit in connection with ecomodernist literature.

Portret Lilian Marijnissen

'Studying gives you the opportunity to learn to think analytically’

As a child, SP party leader Lilian Marijnissen wanted to become a vet. Yet, years later, she chose to study Political Science in Nijmegen: “I wanted to understand how inequality comes about so I could do something about it.”

Marcel Wissenburg FM Focus

Climate goals have strong philosophical foundations in liberalism

Climate change: according to Professor of Political Theory Marcel Wissenburg and Political Science alumnus and Member of Parliament Silvio Erkens, in particular climate change deniers and climate activists dominate the social debate.

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