Our Mission

Mission Statement

The Department of Politics and Public Administration is one of the largest social science departments in Germany. We offer excellent teaching and research in four areas: (i) democracy and public policy, (ii) international studies (iii) management and public administration, as well as (iv) data and methods.

The Department’s programs provide students with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary education across the full set of politics and public administration topics and grounded in state of the art social sciences methodology. We offer excellent study conditions, as exemplified by small seminar groups, mandatory internships as well as various double-degree and exchange programs with leading international partner universities. It is our ambition to provide students with the skills, expertise, and networks enabling them to pursue successful careers in academia and the public, private and non-profit sectors. We place our graduates in leadership positions in politics, administration and research – in Germany, Europe and worldwide.

The Department’s research has a strong emphasis on empirical evidence and theory-based methodological rigor. We publish in highly-ranked peer-reviewed outlets, often produced in cooperation with renowned scholars at academic institutions worldwide. Our substantive scope includes political, administrative and organizational structures, processes, and policies, analyzed from national, comparative and international perspectives. Our commitment to interdisciplinary collaborations is manifest in the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality: Perceptions, Participation and Policies”, which was established in 2019 as part of the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments.