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Catherine E. de Vries


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I work as a Westerdijnk Chair and Professor of Political in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I am also an associate member of Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. I serve as a scientific advisor for eupinions, an independent platform for European public opinion collecting, analysing and commenting on what the European public thinks about current political issues and megatrends. The platform is generously funded through the Bertelsmann Foundation. For more information please visit the eupinions website.

I have a strong commitment to unraveling some of the most important societal and political problems facing Europe today, such as the ramifications of the Euro crisis, the rise of Euroscepticism, the political consequences of migration or political corruption. I use both observational and experimental (lab, survey and field) data to study these topics. Over the years, I have published extensively on issues relating to corruption, political accountability, as well as the political consequences of European integration and migration. My work has appeared in leading journals, such as the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, or the Annual Review of Political Science. I also aim to actively contribute to societal debate through making research findings accessible through blog posts and commentary. My commentary has featured in Foreign Affairs and the Washington Post's The Monkey Cage Blog.

Recently, I published a new book Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration with Oxford University Press. In my book, I argue that national institutions and policies provide an essential benchmark against which people evaluate the EU. By presenting a wealth of empirical evidence, I show that the more optimistic people are about one’s country ability to deliver, the more Eurosceptic they become, and vice versa. This can partly account for the fact that Euroscepticism has become quite pronounced in member states that have weathered the Eurozone crisis rather well. Moreover, I argue that public opinion cannot be simply characterized as Eurosceptic or not, but rather consists of different types. This book suggests that Euroscepticism is such a diverse phenomenon partly because the Eurozone crisis has exacerbated structural imbalances within the EU and consequently made experiences with the Union more distinct than ever before. As the economic and political conditions within member states started to diverge further and further during the crisis, people’s national benchmarks also moved further apart. This growing preference heterogeneity enclosed within the EU’s borders is important because it makes a one-size-fits-all approach to addressing Euroscepticism unlikely to be successful. The way for the EU to deal with these different constituencies, this book suggests, is to fully embrace the diversity within its borders and provide more differentiated and flexible policy solutions.

In 2014, I received the APSA Emerging Scholar Award for my contribution to the field of elections, public opinion and voting behaviour, the 2015 Sophonisba Breckinridge Award for Best Paper in Women & Politics at the MPSA Conference, and was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum for my academic and social engagement.

Next to research and teaching, I love photography. For a selection of recent pictures, see my flickr page.

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