Comparative Politics and Political Economy


The Comparative Politics group brings together a wide range of expertise on the politics of all major world regions, with a particular focus on the developing world.

We provide the largest and most diverse course offerings on non-Western politics of any UK university, taught by faculty who are full-time specialists of the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, as well as Europe.

The group also hosts a range of events, seminars and workshops throughout the academic year. Get full details of our upcoming events on our events page.

Our research

Our members teach and research the major themes of world politics, including:

  • Ethnic politics and nationalism
  • Conflict
  • Development
  • Democracy and democratization
  • Political economy
  • Popular politics
  • Comparative political institutions

Beyond their research, our members actively involved in international policy debates and public policy consulting, drawing on the LSE’s strategic location and institutional links.