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Research Profile

In line with the general principles of the Faculty of Sociology, the Research and Teaching Unit on Politics and Society attaches great importance to embedding issues of political science in the framework of social theory and to combining approaches from political science and sociology. Some of the research activities of the Research and Teaching Unit on Politics and Society are carried out at the Institute for World Society Studies, which is affiliated with the Faculty of Sociology. Currently, the research activities in the Working Area on Politics and Society focus on the following areas:

  • International relations/world society studies
  • European Studies
  • Political theory, philosophy and history of ideas, as well as international political theory
  • Social policy, global social policy
  • Comparative governance and regulation research across policy fields
  • Neoinstitutionalist research on various forms of state–market coordination
  • Political sociology and sociology of political communication
  • Youth studies