Upcoming activities

On 7-8 June 2018, I'll attended the Dutch-Flemish Politicologenetmaal in Leiden, the Netherlands, to present an updated version of our MPSA paper.

Recent activities


On 9-10 November 2017, Sjoerd Stolwijk and I will present a paper entitled 'Do Political Elites Use the Representativeness Heuristic?' at the NIG Annual Work Conference in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in the panel 'Behavioral Public Administration'.

On 30 November and 1 December 2017, I organized a closing workshop for my Vidi project HIGH-RISK POLITICS at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam entitled 'The Role of Risks and/or Losses in Political Decision Making'. I'm very much looking forward to discuss this topic in a small scale setting and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

Two weeks later, 14-15 December 2017, I headed toward Brussels for a workshop in the context of a special issue on the European Social Market Econonomy for the Journal of Common Market Studies. I'll present the paper written jointly with Kees van Kersbergen, entitled 'Can a European Social Union Solve the Problem of Double Allegiance?'.

And on 19-20 January 2018, Paul 't Hart and I organized a conference for the Social Economic Council of the KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Arts & Sciences) on the erosion of legitimacy?

Between 4-7 April, I attended the MPSA Annual Conference in Chicago, the US, where I presented a co-authored paper on politicians' (lack of) decision-making biases.

Reviews and endorsements

On Cambridge UP book
New review by Pieter Vanhuysse in Political Studies Review, who indicates that our book '(...) a masterfully written text on comparative welfare state politics'.

Another new review by Peter Starke in Public Administration, who states that 'students and scholars wishing to get an in-depth view intothe dynamic feld of comparative welfare state research will be very well served by Van Kersbergen and Vis'.

Happy with a great review by Emanuele Ferragina in Journal of Social Policy. Ferragina applauds the book's 'sheer comprehensiveness', considers it 'an essential textbook' and 'a truly interdisciplinary achievement'.

Oana I. Armeanu calls our book 'an impressive performance of erudition and insight into the main debates regarding the welfare state and its reform'. You can find the full review in The Journal of Politics, 77(1): e3-e4.

D.B. Robertson 'highly recommends' our book for upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. You can read the review in Choice.

A review by John Myles on Kees van Kersbergen and mine Cambridge UP book, Comparative Welfare State Politics: Development, Opportunies and Reform, has just been published in Canadian Journal of Sociology. You can find the review here.

You can find two endorsements, by Klaus Armingeon and Gosta Esping-Andersen, here.