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Research programme

The Department of Public Administration and Political Science conducts cutting edge research into the challenges that policymakers face today. Globalization has affected the ability of governments to shape developments in their respective societies. At the same time, citizens, themselves sensing the opportunities and constraints of globalization expect their governments to take their interests seriously. Governments thus must act at the global, regional and national level in order to meet citizens’ demands in a context of changing governmental capabilities.


The distinctive Departmental approach to tackle this problematic is its focus on issues of 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 reliance of societies.

Research themes

To this purpose, the Department has organized its research in four distinct, yet related, research themes:

Each theme represents cutting edge research that has attracted external funding and has established cooperation with societal stakeholders. Each theme also offers disciplinary building blocks for four multidisciplinary Hot Spots at IMR: GLOCAL, Gender and Power in Politics and Management, GAINS and EUROPAL.

For a more extensive overview of the department’s research programme, visit this intranet page.