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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. 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.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


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:

Postgraduate Coordinator
+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.