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Catherine E. de Vries

Contact: catherine.devries[at]essex.ac.uk

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I work as a Professor of Politics in the Department of Government at the University of Essex and serve as the Director of the Essex Centre for Experimental Social Sciences. 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.

My book Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration was published with Oxford University Press. My book Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration argues 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.

Generally, 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 success of extremist parties or political corruption. I use both observational and experimental (lab, survey and field) data to study these topics. For more information about my research, please feel free to contact me at catherine.devries[at]essex.ac.uk, or check out my Research Page. I also aim to actively contribute to societal debate through making research findings accessible through blog posts and a data collection project with the Bertelsmann Foundation examining public opinion about European integration using survey and experiments. For more information please visit the EUpinions website. For my academic and social engagement, I was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2013.

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. For a curriculum vitae see my CV Page.

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

 
     
 
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