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Over the past few years, separate research groups in public policy and comparative political systems have grown closer together, to the point at which they now form a coherent reseach grouping together, which we call Public Policy and Comparative Political Systems - (PPCPS).

In part, this development has been facilitated by the appointment of five new permanent lecturers, which has helped with the progressive integration of political theory and public policy. The linking of public policy and political theory (in particular the application of liberal political theory) has given PPCPS a distinctive approach to issues such as climate change, political institutions, religious education and multiculturalism. Naturally there is a great deal of multidisciplinary collaboration in this research group, with work connected to, and informed by, collaboration with colleagues across the university, specifically from the Warwick Business School, and the departments of Law, Philosophy, Sociology and Warwick Horticulture Research International (HRI).

Key research areas include

  • EU policy making;
  • the role of non-governmental organisations, think tanks and pressure groups in policy processes;
  • theories of justice and equality applied to the environment, education and international finance;
  • environmental policy, including the relationship between trade and the environment, agriculture and the environment, and the politics of sustainability.

Democratisation

One of the core areas of PPCPS is the work on Democratization which finds strong expression in a number of departmental research areas:

  • international democracy promotion;
  • globalisation and democracy;
  • evaluation issues in democracy and democracy promotion;
  • democracy and development including democratisation in post-conflict societies.

The Centre for Studies in Democratization located in the department incorporates the research expertise of members of staff drawn from across the university.