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Comparative Southeast European Studies

The journal “Comparative Southeast European Studies” publishes comparative contributions on politics and society of Southeast Europe.

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The quarterly Comparative Southeast European Studies (COMPSEES) evolved into its new format from that of its predecessor Südosteuropa. Journal of Politics and Society. It is published with De Gruyter on behalf of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg. From 2021 onwards, it is published both digitally, in Open Access, and in print. 

Comparative Southeast European Studies continues to be a forum for scholars in Political Science, Sociology, Contemporary History, Anthropology, Economics, International Relations, Law Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, and related disciplines. Taking a comparative and broad multidisciplinary perspective it explores critical processes and societal issues related to the area bounded by the eastern Adriatic, the eastern Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. The Journal uses two formats to showcase research. There are peer-reviewed research articles and a shorter format open to other text genres, which are presented under headings such as “Commentary”, “Interview”, “Background”, “Policy Analysis”, “Film in Focus”, “Debate”, “Spotlight”, “Book Symposium”, “The Making of ...”, for example. This is a flexible section which allows the Journal to address more immediately pertinent political, social, cultural, and academic matters. In addition, the Journal features a book review section, annually at least 16 reviews are published. 


  • Editors
    Sabine Rutar (Regensburg), Editor-in-Chief, Ger Duijzings (Regensburg), Wim van Meurs (Nijmegen)
  • Editorial Board
    Heinz-Jürgen Axt (Duisburg-Essen), Dimitar Bechev (Sofia/Oxford), Florian Bieber (Graz), Johanna Bockmann (Washington, DC), Xavier Bougarel (Paris), Ulf Brunnbauer (Regensburg), Marie-Janine Calic (München), Nina Caspersen (York), Ger Duijzings (Regensburg), András Inotai (Budapest), Stef Jansen (Manchester), Jürgen Jerger (Regensburg), Deema Kaneff (Birmingham), Denisa Kostovicova (London), Ivan Krastev (Sofia), Mladen Lazić (Belgrade) Joseph Marko (Graz/Bozen) Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Berlin/Bukarest) Vjeran Pavlaković (Rijeka) Nadège Ragaru (Paris) Sabrina P. Ramet (Trondheim) Solveig Richter (Erfurt) Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers (Bournemouth) Milica Uvalic (Perugia)
  • Publisher
    De Gruyter Oldenbourg
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Dr. Sabine Rutar

Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS)
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93047 Regensburg

Phone: +49 (0)941 943 54 73


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