August, 2019 – Essay on Transparency in qualitative research now available on SSRN

An essay that brings together the main findings and remaining issues from the Qualitative Transparency Deliberations (QTD), authored by Alan Jacobs, Tim Buthe and numerous co-authors (including me), is now available on SSRN. Highly recommended for anyone interested in transparency in qualitative research in political science and beyond!

You can find the essay here.

July, 2019 – Nominated as Best Lecturer of the year 2019-2020

I’m very honored to be nominated as Best Lecturer of the year of the Utrecht University School of Governance by the student association Perikles. Some more information (in Dutch) is available here.

July, 2019 – New article on prospect theory and political decision making

A critical review of prospect theory in political decision making, co-authored with Ferdinand Vieider, is now available online in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Political Decision Making. You can find the article here.

May, 2019 – Part of virtual special issue of Political Psychology with top cited articles

It’s a great honor that the article entitled ‘Do Politicians Take Risks Like the Rest of Us? An Experimental Test of Prospect Theory Under MPs’ of Jona Linde and myself is part of Political Psychology’s virtual special issue that includes top cited articles from 2016-2018.

You can find the full virtual special issue here.

May, 2019 – Upcoming talks and conferences

On May 17, Anthony Kevins and I will present a synopsis of an experiment on when citizens blame politicians at the University of Amsterdam. On June 12-13, we’ll be presenting a first version of the paper on this experiment at the Dutch/Flemish Politicologenetmaal.

In-between those events, on May 23-24, I’ll be attending the 2nd International QCA Summer Workshops, Antwerp edition where I’ll be discussant and rapporteur.

May, 2019 – Science and Fiction “Happy Science”

On May 14, I’ll be giving a short introduction to the movie Alice in Wonderland. The movie is part of the movie series Science and Fiction, which is organized by my department and the Louis Hartlooper Complex. More information on the series, which this year has the theme “Happy Science” (Vrolijke Wetenschap) is available here.

February, 2019 – APSA’s Qualitative Transparency Deliberations 

APSA’s Qualitative Transparency Deliberations (QTD), which started in 2016, have come to an end. All working group reports and summaries thereof are now available at SSRN; you can find the full list here. With Carsten Schneider and Kendra Koivu, I formed the working group ‘Set-Analytical Approaches, Especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis’. You can find our report on transparency in, especially, QCA here and its summary here.

January, 2019 – Article on whether political elites use heuristics

Yes, they do. In this article – which is now published in an issue of Political Studies Review –, I show that also political elites use heuristics (i.e., cognitive rules of thumb) in their judgment and decision making.

July, 2018 – Article on prospect theory in foreign policy analysis
An article on underexposed issues, advancements and ways forward regarding prospect theory in foreign policy analysis, co-authored with Dieuwertje Kuijpers, has just been published open access in Contemporary Security Policy.

June, 2018 – How to use qualitative data in QCA?

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor journal of mixed methods researchTogether with Debora de Block, I answer this question in a paper that addresses the challenges related to transforming qualitative into quantitative data in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and that has just appeared as  EarlyView publication in Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

June, 2018 – Politicologenetmaal
On 7-8 June 2018, I attended the Dutch-Flemish Politicologenetmaal in Leiden, the Netherlands, to present an updated version of the MPSA-paper (see below, with Sjoerd Stolwijk).
May, 2018 – Do political elites use heuristics?
Do political elites also use heuristics in their judgment and decision making? In a recently published article Political Studies ReviewI argue that – under specific conditions – they do.
April, 2018 – MPSA Conference

On 4-8 April 2018, I attend the MPSA Annual Conference in Chicago, United States, to present a paper (co-authored with Sjoerd Stolwijk) on whether politicians use the availability heuristic in their judgment and decision making.

November, 2017 – When do parties change their platform in-between elections?political communication (8K)

Mariken van der VeldenGijs Schumacher & I just published an article on when political parties change their platform in-between elections in Political Communication. Based on an analysis of >20,000 press releases from Dutch political parties between 1997 and 2014, we show that electoral defeat motivates party platform change in-between elections and that parties are thus backward looking (cf. the electoral performance mechanism) instead of forward-looking (the rational anticipation mechanism). We find this result of parties looking backward only for parties in opposition, though, and – interestingly – find no indication that this effect weakens over time. Our findings also provide mportant insights on the role of government participation.