The Department of Political Science has a long tradition in conducting research in international relations, comparative politics, electoral behavior, German politics and European Union politics. This research agenda in Mannheim is widely known for its empirical and analytical focus. More information about research conducted by our faculty is availble on the individual websites (directory). A substantial number of projects are conducted at two research centers: The Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES) and the Collaborative Research Center on the "Poltitical Economy of Reforms".
The Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES) is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Mannheim. In close association with the School of Social Sciences it has dedicated itself since its founding in 1989 to the investigation of political and societal developments in Europe. Its foci are on comparative research on Europe and an exploration of the European integration process.
In its research the MZES concentrates on: * long-term fundamental research of an interdisciplinary and international nature * cooperation with similar institutions in Germany and abroad * the regular convening of international conferences and workshops * education of young scholarsMore information about the Centre is available at the MZES Homepage
Collaborative Research Center (SFB 884) "Political Economy of Reforms"
The aim of the Collaborative Research Center is to gain novel insights into the constraints on political reforms in welfare states. To this end, the multidisciplinary Center brings together more than 20 senior and junior researchers from economics, political science and sociology. These projects hosted at the Center address various aspects of the political economy of reforms, including individual attitudes on reforms and the aggregation of these attitudes into organized interests, the context and spatial dimension of reforms in welfare states and the political process of reform making with a focus on the role of political parties. The Center is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the period 2010-2013 with the opportunity for extension until 2021.
In addition, the School of Social Sciences co-operates with the following institutions: