Department of Political Science

One of the most important developments or events in the unit's history:

  • Between 2013 and 2015, Political Science has jumped 13 places in the Quacquarelli Symonds list of the world's leading political science departments.
  • Assistant Professor Levente Littvay of the Department of Political Science was chosen as one of the recipients of the 2015 CEU Distinguished Teaching Award. The awards were conferred at CEU's 25th Academic Year Opening Ceremony on September 21, 2015.
  • Carsten Q. Schneider, Head of the Department of Political Science has been promoted to a rank of Professor, effective August 1, 2015.

The most important development in 2014-15:

  • The Political Science Department will host the 2016-18 Summer School of Methods and Techniques (SSMT)
  • The Executive Committee (EC) of the ECPR decided that the Political Science Department of Central European University will host the 2016-18 Summer School of Methods and Techniques (SSMT). There were two strong candidates in the final stage of the process, Aarhus University in Denmark and Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. The decision was made based on the recommendation of the New Generation Subcommittee, represented in the EC by two of its members, Ólafur Harðarson and Petri Koikkalainen. The decision of the New Generation subcommittee was unanimous.

Other important developments in 2014-15:

We have submitted a new initiative for a course in the humanities and we are the host of Zsolt Cziganyik, a humanities fellow who is co-teaching a course with Andras Bozoki. We believe this testifies that out department plans fit well into the university's plans to strengthen humanities.
As we already noted the department is an active member of inter-departmental collaborations, namely Religious Studies and Political Thought Specializations. We also collaborate with Network Studies on a regular basis and we have a long tradition of cross-listing and co-offering courses with our traditional partners – International Relations, Public Policy, Philosophy, Sociology, Nationalism Studies, and Economics. This cooperation helps us offer a more colorful mass of courses, and give a better option of choice to our (and other department) students. Cooperating with other departments will help us not only in bringing new courses into our offer (by cross-listing) available to our students but also strengthening the interdisciplinary character of the specializations we intend to pursue.

Engagement with external entities in 2014-15:

We have hosted as IAS fellow Zsolt Cziganyik during 2014/15 and we are happy that he returns as a Humanities Fellow in 2015/16 to our department. We also just submitted a new course proposal that we believe will lay the foundation for our cooperation with visiting professor Matthijs Bogaards, who could offer classes on deliberative democracy. Several of the department's faculty do play an active role in some of the university's initiatives, such as the Frontiers of Democracy series, the intellectual themes development and implementation, and the strategic development and mission review committees.
As hosts to the European Consortium for Political Science (ECPR) Summer School in Methods and Techniques we also hope that we can increase our cooperation with other departments – in fact we already started negotiations to see who would be interested in offering courses under this new initiative.

Faculty distinctions in 2014-15:

  • Department of Political Science and Department of International Relations faculty win Best SER Paper award
  • Carsten Q. Schneider, associate professor and head of the Department of Political Science at CEU, and CEU alumna and visiting professor at IRES, Kristin Makszin won the Socio-Economic Review Annual Prize for the best article published in the journal in 2014 for their article "Forms of Welfare Capitalism and Education-Based Participatory Inequality". Schneider and Makszin's paper analyzes how institutional conditions shape the impact of differences in education on political participation in capitalist democracies.
  • Bela Greskovits was appointed University Professor
  • Bela Greskovits (joint appointment with the Department of International Relations) has been appointed CEU University Professor by the University Senate in recognition of his achievements
  • Bohle, Greskovits, and Torsello Win Inaugural CEU Award for Outstanding Research
  • At the Opening Ceremony of Academic Year 2014-15, CEU Provost and Pro-Rector Liviu Matei announced and President and Rector John Shattuck presented the inaugural CEU Award For Outstanding Research to three faculty members: Dorothee Bohle, professor in the Department of Political Science, Bela Greskovits, professor in the Department of International Relations and European Studies, and Davide Torsello, associate professor at CEU Business School. Bohle and Greskovits were honored for the research that led to their award-winning book, "Capitalist Diversity on Europe's Periphery." Torsello, who works on innovative curriculum development projects via the Center for Integrity in Business and Government, was recognized for his important work bringing an anthropological perspective to a sophisticated understanding of business decision making and organizations
  • Bela Greskovits was awarded the Bibo Istvan Prize of the Hungarian Political Science Association
  • Professor Bela Greskovits received the Bibo Istvan Prize of the Hungarian Political Science Association
  • Political Science alumnus Jeff Le was appointed Assistant Cabinet Secretary in California Governor's Office
  • Carsten Q. Schneider and Kristin Makszin from International Relations won Best SER Paper award
  • Political Science Alumna Tinatin Khidasheli was appointed Minister of Defense in Georgia
  • Political Science Alumnus Alan Renwick was appointed Deputy Director of Constitution Unit at University College London
  • Political Science Alumna Maria Danilova was named Knight-Bagehot Fellow
  • Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism named ten Knight-Bagehot Fellows in economics and business journalism for the 2014-2015 academic year. They include journalists from The Associated Press (AP), Bloomberg News, CNN Money, Forbes, Marketplace, Thomson Reuters and The Wall Street Journal.

Major events in 2014-15:

  • The department has been involved in more than 30 public events for AY 2014/15. A full list of events is available here:
  • Important speakers of the department's seminars included Michael Ignatieff (Harvard University), Jason Wittenberg (University of California, Berkeley) and Takis Pappas among others
  • 10th Annual Doctoral Conference, 20-21 April 2015
  • CEU's Doctoral School hosted its Annual Doctoral Conference on 20-21 April 2015, featuring guest speakers Isabela Mares from Columbia University, and Mark Hallerberg from Hertie School of Governance.

Other news or information

  • The department invited back Oana Lup, Borbala Kovacs, Julian Casanova, Roel Popping, Takis Pappas, Isabela Mares, Julia Szalai, Herman Schwarz, Bernard Grofman, Matthijs Bogaards and Andre Baechtiger as visiting professors for the AY 2015/16.
  • Our departmental seminars included lectures such as David Ost: "Is Poland Poised to Become the New Hungary? Why Right-Wing Nationalists Keep Winning"; Michael Ignatieff: "Democracy in Divided Societies: The Canadian Experience and Beyond"; and "Regions of Trust and Distrust" by Bo Rothstein.
  • Another major event we take pride on is the launching of János Kis's book, titled "What is Liberalism?"
  • We were also glad to organize an Alumni and Faculty Get-Together in May 2014.
  • Many of our faculty members enriched our list of publications on prestigious platforms, such as Gabor Toka, with his article "Refugee Crisis in Hungary" on BBC online. The Economist published an article discussing the research of a former PhD student.