The Politics Unit at Tampere University addresses political problems and questions from multiple angles. Such problems and questions include societal choices, cooperation and conflict that can be found in grassroots level activism, in political institutions and elections, between states and in wider international interaction. The problems and questions can moreover assume local, national or international dimensions. Frequently these levels are interrelated.

This complex, multilevel political environment for its part shapes interaction between people, as it does shape activism, and the operations and decision-making of various organisations and firms. Understanding, explaining and critically examining all this comprises the key tasks of research in politics.