Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science is part of Aarhus BSS, one of the five faculties at Aarhus University.
The department carries out research and teaching within all important fields of politics and public administration, and the researchers collaborate closely with Danish as well as international peers. The department prioritises disseminating research results to the political-administrative system and to the general public.




2021.04.08 | Research news

When parties change their position, voters follow

How big a role do political parties actually play in shaping public opinion? Using unique data, researchers from the Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University have studied how voters’ opinions follow the party they support when the party suddenly changes its position on…

A new research experiment shows that this visual communication aid motivates citizens to engage in protective behaviour, thereby helping authorities to buy time. The graph depicts how new and highly infectious variants of coronavirus threaten healthcare systems, but also how vaccines offer hope for the future. (Click to enlarge.)

2021.03.31 | Public/media

COVID-19: New study shows how to motivate citizens with hope

New research provides public health authorities across the globe with a validated visual aid for health communication. The aid is a hope-inducing graph that has been proven to increase engagement in protective behaviour among citizens. With this aid, societies may be able to buy time in the current…

Professor Michael Bang Petersen. Photo: Ida Marie Jensen, Aarhus University

2021.03.30 | Public/media

Press release

New COVID-19 Research: How to make people follow restrictions without appealing to fear.


Fri 07 May
14:15-16:00 | Online
Phd Defence: Personalization of Representation: A New Relationship between Legislators and Political Parties?
Marie Kaldahl will defend her PhD dissertation
Mon 02 Aug
09:00-16:00 | The Department of Political Science, Aarhus University
ECPR Summer School
The Department of Political Science at Aarhus University is pleased to be hosting the Summer School of our Standing Group on Political Parties in 2021. The academic theme is Theories and Methods in Party Politics.

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New Books

Rethinking Party Reform. Photo: Oxford University Press

2020.10.28 | New Books

Rethinking Party Reform

Fabio Wolkenstein's book is published by Oxford University Press.

The Oxford Handbook of Danish Politics Photo: Oxford University Press

2020.08.14 | New Books

New Book Release

The Oxford Handbook of Danish Politics

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