Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft/ Comparative Politics

Are democratic institutions better for the welfare of their citizens than autocratic regimes?? Why do programmatic politics dominate in some countries and clientelistic politics in others? How does repression affect collective action? Why are politicians seldom punished for corruption at the ballot box? 

The field of Comparative Politics engages with these types of questions and focuses on analyzing domestic political institutions and behavior. The field is also defined by the specific method it applies: it focuses on describing and understanding similarities and differences between and among political phenomena - based on qualitative or quantitative analyses as well as experiments. The analysis of states, of political regimes and transitions, the analysis of political behavior of elites and citizens or processes of governance in comparative perspective are core research areas in comparative politics. 

At the Institute of Political Science at Philipps-University Marburg, research in comparative politics focuses primarily on countries outside the OECD. We are interested in understanding problems of accountability and political behavior in developing countries. We use opinion surveys and experiments as well as qualitative data from focus groups or interviews to study these topics. 

Teaching in comparative politics at Philipps-University Marburg combines introductory lectures ( "Introduction to Comparative Politics") and seminars with more specialized offerings focusing politics outside Western Democracies.