The research spearhead Political Sociology is a research area situated at the intersection of Political Sciences and Sociology. At its heart lies the study of how society and the political system interact, since structural social developments (individualisation, functional differentiation, fragmentation) have an effect on the political system and the behaviour of political actors, and vice versa.
As a result, research in this field often takes place where society and politics meet, as we examine voting behaviour and elections, political culture, political parties, representation, political minorities, social movements, mass media and the like. The focus tends to lie on the specific behaviour and attitudes of political actors, while formal institutions come under less scrutiny.
Much of the research carried out in the department of Political Sciences obviously falls into the Political Sociology spearhead, though several other members are also active in this group. For instance, the work of the research group Media, Movements and Politics (M²P) is also largely related to this research spearhead.