Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at The Open University has an international reputation for research in the areas of British and comparative politics. POLIS researchers work with regional and national governments, offer expert analysis on contemporary political affairs in British and international media, and work with international and non-governmental organizations and policy makers.
Within UK politics, supervision is available on the Prime Minister 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, social movements, and the politics of protest and dissent.
We also supervise policy areas, drawing on the expertise from other departments, such as social policy, public bodies, local governance, third sector organisations, and social and environmental justice.
In comparative politics we have an interest in British, Italian, Iranian and American 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.