July, 2019 – Nominated as Best Lecturer of the year 2019-2020
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.
May, 2019 – Science and Fiction “Happy Science”
February, 2019 – APSA’s Qualitative Transparency Deliberations
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.
June, 2018 – How to use qualitative data in QCA?
Together 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.
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?
Mariken van der Velden, Gijs 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.