Presentation of the CEE

A review of the activities of the CEE and its members throughout the academic year 2022-2023 (FR)

Directed by Florence Faucher since September 2022, the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics is a multidisciplinary research centre affiliated with Sciences Po and the CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research). Its focus is on the comparative analysis of politics in its various dimensions.

Europe, both as a geographical and institutional space, provides the backdrop for the centre's comparative work, whose aim is to shed light on the changes in contemporary societies in Europe. Characterised by a plurality of approaches, the research is structured around four main key themes:

  • Transformations of capitalism.

  • Cities, borders, and mobilities.

  • State and public policies.

  • Strain in representative democracy.

The research conducted by the Centre covers a wide range of themes, including major themes in politics and polity (institutions, elections, political parties and competition, activism, social movements, crisis of representative democracy, populism), public policies (healthcare and social protection, environment, migration, inclusion and anti-discrimination efforts), political economy (globalisation, tertiarisation, financialisation, regulations), transformations of the state (decentralisation, administrative reforms), European Union (EU institutions and public policies, European integration, EU relations), urban studies (urbanisation, metropolises, segregation, conflicts), digital and ecological transitions, sociology of elites, and sociology of crime.

The faculty consists of around forty permanent researchers, including political scientists, sociologists, jurists, an urban planner, and a philosopher, who are actively involved in research and teaching. Some 40 junior researchers —PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows— complete the academic team. About 40 associate researchers and nearly as many visiting fellows each year bear witness to the centre’s strong national and international appeal, as does the organisation of numerous scientific events, including international conferences.


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