Dr M.J. Meijers (Maurits)
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Maurits J. Meijers is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science.
His research interests include electoral politics, European Union politics and social and political cleavages.
Electoral politics: While the aim of all political parties is to secure as many votes as possible during elections, the intrinsic motivations and the functions of political parties in electoral competition may vary widely. While the power of mainstream parties accrues from their abiliti to hold office, smaller fringe or niche parties are capable of indirectly refashioning the terms of political debate. Such strategic interactions between political actors are a key research interest.
European Union politics: The European Union (EU) is a political project under strain. Both in terms of input and output legitimacy, the EU is widely regarded to be underperforming. In particular, I am interested in the mechanisms of political responsiveness in the EU. The EU's multi-level system of governance encompasses many different modes and arenas of accountability. Nevertheless, the institutional structure of the EU has trouble accommodating political opposition to both the content of its policies and the architecture of its institutions. This mismatch provides a compelling reason to study these dynamics.
Cleavages: In an era of declining partisanship, declining class identification as well as increasing cognitive mobilisation of the electorate and re-newed emphasis on cultural questions, a key question in (Western) democracies is: what role do cleavages in society play in creating political divisions? Developments such as the Brexit referendum have suggested that political gaps between different age cohorts and people with different educational attributes are redefining the dynamics of participatory democracy.
- Meijers, M.J. & Williams, C.J. (2020). When Shifting Backfires: The Electoral Consequences of Responding to Niche Party Positions. Journal of European Public Policy, 27 (10), 1506-1525. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2019.1668044
- Meijers, M.J. & Veer, H. van der (2019). Issue Competition without Electoral Incentives? A Study of Issue Emphasis in the European Parliament. Journal of Politics, 81 (4), 1240-1253. doi: 10.1086/704224 Full text
- Meijers, M.J. & Veer, H. van der (2019). MEP Responses to ‘Democratic Backsliding’ in Hungary and Poland. An Analysis of Agenda-Setting and Voting Behaviour. Journal of Common Market Studies. doi: 10.1111/jcms.12850 Full text
- Meijers, M.J. (2017). Contagious Euroscepticism? The Impact of Eurosceptic Support on Mainstream Party Positions on European Integration. Party Politics, 23 (4), 413-423. doi: 10.1177/1354068815601787 Full text
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Research grants and prizes
- Maurits Meijers holds a Dutch Research Council (NWO) Veni Grant (250.000 EUR) for his project "‘Credible’ or ‘Capricious’? The Reputational Cost of Party Policy Change". Project runs from 2020 to 2024. More information