The Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Athens, although founded in 1982, traces its origins back to the beginnings of the University of Athens in 1837. It evolved out of the Chair of Political Science at the Faculty of Law (which was one of the first faculties of the oldest Balkan university) into an independent academic department. This reform of the School of Law, which was then renamed the School of Law, Economics and Political Science, transformed it into a higher education institution awarding since the early 1980s, three separate degrees corresponding to the titles of its faculties.
With its 43 members of academic staff, the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration creates a unique transdisciplinary academic environment. Teaching and research revolve around four sub-disciplinary fields: Political Analysis, Social Theory and Sociology, Administrative Science, and International and European Studies.
Members of academic staff hold currently the posts of the European Ombudsman, the Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights, the Legal Advisor of the Prime Ministers Office in the years 1996-2004 and since 2004 Member of Parliament, the Deputy Ombudsman of the Hellenic Republic, and the President of the National Centre for Social Research.
Research is carried out in the following units, all directed by members of academic staff:
- - Administrative Sciences Unit
- - Institute of Greek Politics
- - Institute of European Integration and Policy
- - Institute for the Study of Greek-German Relations
- - Unit for Migration Studies
- - Political Communication Unit