Patterns of Political Interaction

The research group Patterns of Political Interaction studies the interaction between the governed and those who govern from ancient history to the present. Our researchers develop concepts and strategies to analyse the perspectives of subalterns, broader socio-political movements and political institutions. In particular, the focus on non-institutional and non-singular actors requires new and creative research methods. In addition, we explore the wide range of (historical) sources available to reconstruct the interaction between formal and informal politics. In doing so, we reflect on the issue of representativity and encourage interdisciplinary cooperation, in particular between history, literature, political science and political philosophy.

Research projects

Onrust rond het Maagdenhuis, 17 november 1969

'To protect and serve'

This project analyses how the Dutch police responded and adapted to societal and governmental pressure from the 1930s - 1980s.

foto jongeren met protestborden uitzending brandpunt

The Voice of the People

The Voice of the People investigates and compares the articulation and mediatisation of popular perceptions and expectations of democracy in three Western-European countries roughly between the end of the Second World War and the 1980s.

Contact information


Erasmus building

Erasmusplein 1
6525HT Nijmegen
Contact person
L. Brinkhorst (Laura) Dr A. van Veen (Adriejan)