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These are the kind of questions that you will be encouraged to address during your time at Manchester - with help from our experts.

Comparative Public Policy and Institutions : How do governments and other public institutions affect citizens and civil society? Why does policy so frequently not deliver what was intended? How can institutions change? How does gender, ethnicity, sexuality and income affect policy? What can we learn from looking at these issues across different settings and places? And how can we as academics work with policy-makers and practitioners?

Democracy and Elections: What forms of campaigning works best at getting people into the polling station on Election Day? Do people vote the way their neighbours vote? Who votes for the far right parties and why? Which party has the most to lose from the threat of UKIP? Why do ethnic minorities still vote Labour, even as they move up the social ladder? Are young people disaffected from politics or politicians? Are political parties becoming more, or less alike? Who will win the next general election? How can we predict these complex and volatile political outcomes?

Global Political Economy: Why, in an era of unprecedented wealth, do the vast majority of people still live in poverty? How and why is the global economy organised the way that it is? Despite the worst financial crisis since the 1930s why have we not changed the way that we organise our economies? What is the relationship between global wealth and global inequality? How might a more equitable form of emphasise global governance be constructed? Why has neoliberalism become the dominant way that we organise our societies?

Manchester Centre for Political Theory: How should wealth and income be distributed in a just society? What justifies the exercise of state power and when do citizens have the right to disobey the law? Is it permissible to spend tax revenue on marginal economic benefits to co-citizens instead of using it to save the lives of millions of the global poor? Are feminism and liberalism compatible with one another? Is it permissible on humanitarian grounds to intentionally bring about the deaths of a small number of people in order to prevent an even greater number of casualties?

Critical Global Politics: How have regimes of suspicion, fear, exception and radicalization changed international politics? What does it mean to live in a secured world? How should we understand the nexus between security, technology and politics? How has technology reshaped the face of modern war? What constitutes a legitimate political action? What is the power and political significance of marginalised and excluded political groups? Is gender still a powerful political category? What is the role of academics in knowledge production and policy advising?