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Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Political Science

Broad, diverse and international

Political Science at the UvA is characterized by its broad study of politics at and between local, national, European and global levels of governance. The research and teaching draw on the full array of the discipline’s sub fields, theories and methods of political inquiry.

Political Science

Political Science at the UvA examines how ongoing social, economic, and political transformations affect local, national, European and global governance. The discipline studies interactions between the political system, the economy and civic society, with a critical view on democratic accountability, representative quality and legitimacy of contemporary governance, also with the aim of improving these matters.


Political Science is organized in 3 programme groups (which are part of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research):

  1. Challenges to Democratic Representation: addresses the conditions under which regimes can maintain stability and safeguard basic principles of democratic accountability, representation and legitimacy.
  2. Political Economy and Transnational Governance (PETGOV): explores the ongoing transformation of political and economic governance within and beyond nation-states. 
  3. Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance: on conflict - from neighborhood level to civil war -, and governance and transformations in the institutional forms of and relations between states, organizations, civil society, markets and knowledge infrastructure.

PhD programme

For questions about a PhD program, you can contact the research institute:, or go to the AISSR website.


The University of Amsterdam offers Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Political Science, as well as summer and winter schools


Roeterseilandcampus, building B
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 
1018 WV Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 5252169 

prof. dr. A.J.J. (Ton) Nijhuis

Department chair

Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

Room Location

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam

Scientific staff