At the Institute of Political Science, we investigate the tension between democratic participation and effective governance at the interface of politics, business and society as well as the societal conditions of politics on the one hand and the effects of politics on society on the other. We take a comparative stance towards these issues and analyse them at different levels (local, regional, national and international). Our research focuses on actors in institutional contexts and political processes. We consider science as a theory-driven and methodologically reflected endeavour, which in particular is concerned with uncovering and establishing causation. We place value on the plurality of topics, theories and methods (qualitative and quantitative).