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Department of Political Science

Professorship for Policy Analysis

The term "public policy" denotes the output of a political system. Public policies are one of the most concrete ways in which we experience politics in our everyday life, even though we do not always notice them. When we are ill and need medical attention, we are affected by health policy, which determines how we can access health care services; when we use electronic devices, we rely on regulatory policy for their safety and on energy policy for the electricity that powers them; as professors or students, our activities within a university are shaped by education policy; the list of examples is virtually endless. As a sub-discipline of political science, public policy seeks to understand and explain the origins, nature, implementation, and consequences of policies in all areas and at all political levels (subnational, national, and international). The Chair of Public Policy pursues these goals with an emphasis on the rigorous empirical analysis of theoretical research questions with practical relevance, with the primary aim of advancing scientific knowledge on public policy. Furthermore, the Chair strives to combine insights from, and contribute to, other political science subfields such as comparative politics, political economy, and international relations.

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Department of Political Science
Affolternstrasse 56
8050 Zürich

Tel: 044 634 58 35 / 044 634 38 41
Fax: 044 634 49 25

Opening hours Secretariat:
Monday until Friday: 09.00 - 12.00 o'clock and 13.30 - 16.30 o'clock

Public holidays:
07.04.23 Good Friday
10.04.23 Easter Monday
17.04.23 from 12 pm  Sechseläuten
01.05.23 Labor Day
18.05.23 Ascension Day
29.05.23 Whit Monday
01.08.23 Swiss National Day
11.09.23 from 12 pm Knabenschiessen
25.12.23 - 02.01.2024  Christmas, New Year

Office hours

Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Gilardi
Tuesdays 14.30-16.00
(without prior notice)