Chair of Comparative Politics Comparative politics is one of the main subfields in political science. Its focus is on political structures, actors and processes. Its scientific goal is empirical: to describe and explain cross-country differences and trends over time. The leading question at the Chair of Comparative Politics is the diversity of democratic systems across space and over time. Across space we analyze the diversity between socio-economic structures, political institutions and individuals' behaviour and attitudes. Over time we analyze the evolution of political systems along the construction of state formation and nation-building and the formation of a democratic citizenship through civil, political and social rights. These two dimensions structure our activities in research and teaching. Research and consultancy projects Our research is cross-national and empirical with a focus on Europe (both Western and Central-Eastern Europe), North America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, but we also have research projects that include Latin America, Asia and Africa. A distinctive aspect of our research activity is the long-term perspective that includes developments since the early-19th century. We analyze processes of state formation, nation-building and democratization. We conduct research on electoral systems, electoral behaviour, political parties and ideologies, national identities. Among the doctoral dissertations that are written at the chair there are projects on the welfare state, European parties, feminist institutions, ethnic and migration politics, social capital and language structures and the values of regional and national parlamentarians in Europe. Many of our research projects are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. But we also have consultancy collaborations with international organizations such as the World Health Organization. Teaching comparative politics We are responsible for a number of courses and seminars, in particular with the courses and accompanying tutorials "Comparative Politics" and "Democracy in Developing Countries" at the bachelor level. At the bachelor level we are also in charge with the method course and lab sessions "Methoden I: Quantitativ". At the master level we offer a number of more specialized seminars. At the doctoral level Prof. Caramani teaches the "Essay Seminar", the "Literature Seminar" and the "Methods Seminar" with a module on the comparative method and Boolean algebra. Our teaching activity is supported by two main textbooks: Caramani, Daniele (ed.), Comparative Politics, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2014). Caramani, Daniele, Introduction to the Comparative Method with Boolean Algebra (Sage, 2009). The Chair of Comparative Politics is part of the Department of Political Science (School of Economics and Political Science) as well as of the Institute of Political Science (IPW-HSG).