Why study this programme?

In this specialisation you will discuss the challenges facing 21st century (non-)democracies: How are democracies challenged by modern authoritarianism and populism? What new forms of representation are possible? What role can political parties, citizens and social movements play in achieving political change? The Comparative Politics Master’s will provide you with new insights into these questions, and provide you with the theoretical and empirical tools to investigate these questions as an independent researcher.


Master's specialisation in Comparative Politics

  • We study theories and contemporary debates in comparative politics, studying how increasing inequality, diversity, climate and technological change affect political representation and democracy, and what challenges arise from modern authoritarianism, populism and clientelism.
  • We study the politics of reform across a wide range of political institutions and social policies, asking how different democratic innovations work and why politicians decide to implement them (or not), learning from the best comparative work available on political parties, electoral politics, and interest group influence.
  • We study how citizens change their political attitudes and opinions, what causes polarization and distrust in institutions, and what are the drivers of political protest and voting behavior.
  • The Master’s programme in Political Science is accredited by the NVAO (the Dutch-Flemish accreditation organisation). The panel, consisting of international experts, concludes that the programme is rightly proud of its community spirit, which continues to benefit the programme’s achievement level and its graduates’ careers alike (source: NVAO, 31 January 2018).
  • Political Science has an active study association, ismus, which organizes various formal and informal activities. Furthermore, students of Political Science can join the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS).
  • The study programme of Political Science scores above average compared to the national average (Keuzegids Master's 2022).
  • The Political Science Master’s boasts dual degree programmes with American University (Washington, DC) and the Universities of Bamberg and Glasgow.


Why choose Radboud University

  • Our classes are small and interactive, and our professors are easily approachable. There is an open environment where you can easily meet other students.
  • Our compact campus in Nijmegen is the greenest and most beautiful in the Netherlands where everything is within walking distance.
  • We encourage our students to take a multidisciplinary approach to their studies, and in many cases, you are free to customise your own programme, so you can learn about and research topics that you are passionate about.
  • You earn a valuable diploma in an outstanding university system. Furthermore, we stimulate and support the development of your critical skills in order to improve your chances in the job market within your field.

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