Research Group in Political Theory and Comparative Politics


The Research Group in Political Theory and Comparative Politics, coordinated by Professor João Pereira Coutinho, aims at stimulating the debate and promote research in the field by organizing seminars, projects and several activities with a focus on Political Theory and Comparative Politics. Two Research Lines are associated with this group: 

• European and Western Civilisation: Origins, Distinguishing Features, Present Challenges (LICEO), coordinated by Professor João Carlos Espada, which aims at creating a forum for academic and interdisciplinary conversations about the political, cultural and economic history of the European and Western Civilization. Furthermore, it also it is also focused on stimulating an informed discussion about the main challenges this civilization is currently facing.

• Brazilian Affairs (LIAB), coordinated by Professor João Pereira Coutinho. This Research Line promotes the development of academic projects which have as the main topic Brazil and the country’s bilateral relation with Portugal. LIAB is of great interest for post-graduate students and researchers with research focused on Brazil and Latin America.  

Associated with this Research Group are two Research Projects: 

• “Six Revolutions of the Modern Era”, coordinated by João Carlos Espada (IEP-UCP), Luiz Felipe Pondé (LABÔ PUC-SP). Developed in partnership with LABÔ, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, the project builds on previous research developed by LICEO to develop a comparative analysis of six Revolutions: the English or Glorious Revolution (1688), the American Revolution (1776) and the French Revolution (1789), the Portuguese Liberal Revolution (1820), the Proclamation of the Brazilian Republic (1889) and the Russian Revolution (1917). Coordinated by Professors João Carlos Espada e Luiz Felipe Pondé, the research team is composed by Professors Carlos Marques de Almeida, Orlando Samões, João Pereira Coutinho, JoséTomaz Castello Branco e Bruno Garschagen, as well as students at the IEP and LABÔ. A seminar associated with the project is taking place during the 2nd Semester of 2020/2021. 

• “The promotion of freedom, globalisation, enterprise and civil society in 21st century Catholic social teaching”, coordinated by Philip Booth (St. Mary’s University, London), André Azevedo Alves (IEP-UCP).  The project aims to promote a better understanding of how Catholic Social Thought and the thinking associated with it can relate to the market economy and the provision of social welfare services through non-state mechanisms. The research is developed in partnership with St. Mary’s University, London and in cooperation with Universidade Católica de Moçambique, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), Instituto Superior Politécnico Jean Piaget de Benguela (Angola) and Instituto Democracia e Desenvolvimento (Cape Verde). More information about this project here.