CHIPI in English

Founded in 2006, the CHIPI is a research unit focusing on the interconnected domains of the history of ideas and political theory.

Main research subjects

The aim of the CHIPI is to bring to the research in political science a historical and philosophical perspective.


Two main fields of investigation are privileged:

  • In the history of ideas: the study of the systems of political representation from the end of the Ancien Regime to the present;
     
  • In political theory: the study of the relations between the individual and the state ( citizenship, rights and freedoms, public opinion …)  

Current research topics

  • Theories of democracy and representation
    History of classical liberalism
  • The French Revolution in European context
  • Swiss nationalism
  • Direct democracy 

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