Our specialist networks
Comparative Politics and Government
From constitutions to executives to parliaments to parties to electoral laws - at DPIR we rigorously examine the processes and relationships responsible for stability and change on a global, national, and local level.
Combining analytic, critical and historical political thought, we ask the big philosophical questions such as 'What is the true nature of politics?' and 'What values can—and should—politics realise?'
Oxford's traditional concern with international and global order is now combined with institutionalist analysis of governance and international political economy. We offer extensive opportunities for the study of diverse regions of the world.
DPIR achieved excellent scores in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, confirming the excellence of our research.
The proportion of Oxford’s research outputs judged to be world-leading has also risen significantly since the last REF exercise in 2014.
DPIR's diverse community bridges International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory. It creates a rich intellectual environment for interdisciplinary engagement.
Our research community holds in-depth, area-specific expertise in the politics of Europe, Russia and the Former Soviet Union, the US, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
Our researchers are committed to academic and analytical rigour. We create new theoretical frameworks and develop innovative new ways for gathering, processing and analysing data.