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Research interests

Currently, I work as researcher the Documentation Centre Dutch Political Parties (DNPP) of Groningen University. My research focuses on the patterns that structure conflict and cooperation between political actors: these include ideological lines of conflict which divide political parties, the dimensions that structure public opinion and the patterns in parliamentary voting. At the DNPP, I also examine developments in European and Dutch party politics. My work combines academic publications with participating in the public debate.

 

Earlier I worked as post-doctoral researcher at the Institute Public Administration of Leiden University, as an electoral researcher for the headquarters of the Dutch Greens and Bureau de Helling, the thinktank of the Dutch Green Party and as a PhD-researcher at the Institute of Political Science of Leiden University. I defended my thesis in 2012. It focused on the effect of the entry of new parties into the political arena on existing parties and the party system. My research concerned the reactions of parties in both the parliamentary and electoral arena. Before starting the PhD-program I studied Political Science and Philosophy of the Social Sciences at Leiden University.

 

My academic interest spans a broad range of subjects and includes comparative politics, political parties, party systems, party positions, parliamentary behaviour, interest groups, voting behaviour and political science methodology.

Publications

All about the money? A cross-national study of parties' relations with trade unions in 12 western democracies

Between "Eradicate All False Religion" and "Love the Stranger as Yourself": How Immigration Attitudes Divide Voters of Religious Parties

De duur van formaties en de lengte van college-akkoorden: Bestuurlijke en politieke complexiteit in gemeenten

Derde keer op de evenwichtsbalk: Parlementair stemgedrag tijdens Rutte III

The Netherlands: Political Developments and Data in 2020

When do political parties prioritize labour?: Issue attention between party competition and interest group power

All on the same boat? Voting for pirate parties in comparative perspective

De SGP-kiezer: wel radicaal en rechts maar niet radicaalrechts populistisch

Getting Party Activists on Local Lists: How Dutch Local Party Branches Perform Their Recruitment Function

Going Local. Voting for independent local Parties in the Netherlands 1986-2010.

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Press/media

Trek nieuwe coalitie in Eerste Kamer naar links

Geef kiezer niet één, maar tien stemmen

Nexit threat: EU warned Netherlands viewed bloc 'with growing suspicion'

Nexit threat: EU warned Netherlands 'turn' for 'huge leap' like UK and quit bloc

Waarom breekt links niet door?

Overleg Catshuis over toeslagenaffaire

Van 150 naar 259 Kamerleden? 'Vooral goed voor werkdruk bij kleine fracties'

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