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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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  • Introduction

    Simon Otjes (Invited speaker)

    1-Nov-2021

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  • 2017 ECPR General Conference

    E. Allern (Invited speaker), V. Hansen (Invited speaker), H. Klüver (Invited speaker), D. Marshall (Invited speaker), Simon Otjes (Invited speaker), A. Rasmussen (Invited speaker) & C. Witko (Invited speaker)

    6-Sept-20179-Sept-2017

    Activity: Talk and presentationAcademic presentationAcademic

  • 2017 ECPR General Conference

    E. Allern (Invited speaker), T. Bale (Invited speaker), Simon Otjes (Invited speaker) & A. Rasmussen (Invited speaker)

    6-Sept-20179-Sept-2017

    Activity: Talk and presentationAcademic presentationAcademic

  • 2017 ECPR General Conference

    Simon Otjes (Invited speaker)

    6-Sept-20179-Sept-2017

    Activity: Talk and presentationAcademic presentationAcademic

  • Politicologenetmaal

    Simon Otjes (Invited speaker)

    2-Jun-20163-Jun-2016

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