Whether analysing politics at home or charting the rise of extremist parties abroad, research carried out within the Politics and International Relations Division addresses fundamental questions about how society is governed.
Our academics employ cutting-edge empirical methods alongside normative, theoretical, historical and critical approaches and draw on a range of regional specialisms to conduct research into international relations, political theory and comparative politics.
Our ground-breaking work on global organisations such as the United Nations sits alongside research into international political economy, intergenerational justice and equality and we are leading the way with our focus on far-right parties in Europe.
The Division is also home to the world-leading Leverhulme Programme in Climate Justice, which is providing us with the knowledge needed to develop and implement the policies required to address climate change.
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Professor Catriona McKinnon
Research Divison Lead
Telephone: +44 (0) 118 378 7123
Combating the rise of the far right in Europe
Timely research into the rise of the far right in Europe is helping to provide answers to pressing policy questions about the continent’s future.
By analysing why people vote for extremist parties against the backdrop of migration and the economy, research led by Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou gives an insight into the circumstances that lead to the far right’s popularity and what can be done to stop it.
The results are providing economic policy makers with vital information regarding social security and welfare, migration issues such as citizenship and asylum, and EU membership.
Addressing state fragility
Professor Dominik Zaum’s examination of the role of corruption in the political economy of state building has demonstrated that acts of dishonesty can, in some circumstances, have stabilising effects.
His research has produced a rigorous assessment of what works – and what does not work – in donor-funded anti-corruption efforts.
Institutional learning in the armed forces
With a focus on how fighting organisations learn, Dr Geoffrey Sloan’s research has provided stakeholders within the Ministry of Defence with a series of validated criteria and given intellectual support to the Defence Organisational Learning Strategy.
Other impact areas include war experience and the role of women in Yemen.
Read the latest Politics and International Relations newsletter: Spring 2016
Halikiopoulou, D. and Vlandas, T. (2015)
Risks, costs and labour markets: explaining cross-national patterns of far right party success in European Parliament elections.
Journal of Common Market Studies. ISSN 1468-5965 doi:10.1111/jcms.12310
Binder, Martin and Heupel, Monika (2015)
The Legitimacy of the UN Security Council. Evidence from Recent General Assembly Debates.
International Studies Quarterly 59(2), 238-250
Retributivists! The Harm Principle is not for you!
Ethics 124 (2014): 272-298. This paper won the 2016 Best Output Prize for the Prosperity and Resilience Theme.
The Politics and International Relations Research Division hosts a lively and active community of PhD students. All our PhD students are provided with research methods training, and pursue a topic or question of their own choosing. For more information on a PhD in Politics and International Relations, and to find out more about potential supervisors and funding, click here.
For information on the University’s Graduate School, and how to apply for a PhD, click here.