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British and comparative politics

Studying comparative politics with The Open University

Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at The Open University has an international reputation for research in the areas of British and comparative politics.

Within UK politics, supervision is available on the PM and the Core Executive, political leadership, Parliament, political participation, electoral campaigns, the construction of publics and public opinion, third sector and NGO politics, labour unions, environmental organisations, social movements, the politics of dissent and political protest.

We also supervise policy areas, drawing on the expertise from other departments, such as social policy, public bodies, local governance, third sector organisations, environmental issues, and social and environmental justice.

In comparative politics we have an interest in British, Italian, Spanish and US politics, but also focus on wider questions of global, regional and national governance. These include case studies and comparative research on executive government, executive-legislative relations, electoral systems, political parties, national party links with the European Union, transnational networks and citizen participation as well as on topics such as environmental action, organised protest and the effects of different kinds of borders.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil

Fees:

For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

We welcome enquiries about PhD study in this subject area.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Name:
Postgraduate Coordinator
Email:
FASS-Polis-PG-Admissions@open.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1908 654534/654435

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.