Its outstanding research record and its growth trajectory keep the Department consistently in the top European departments of political science and in the top 50 worldwide according to QS rankings. The Department is known world-wide for its work on the European Union, comparative politics and comparative political institutions, with an emphasis on voting behaviour, political parties, legislatures, elections, and electoral systems. It is also strong in the areas of international relations, public policy, Irish politics, political psychology, democratic theory, and African politics. The areas below indicate in broad terms the areas in which department staff specialise. For more detailed information, please visit individual academic webpages to get an idea of the kind of research work that staff members are engaged in, and the kind of work by doctoral students that they would be able to supervise.