M. Theuwis MSc (Marie)
PhD candidate - Empirical Political Science
6525 AJ NIJMEGEN
6500 HK NIJMEGEN
I do research into democratic innovations (such as citizens' forums, referendums, and participatory budgeting) and their impact on the political attitudes of citizens. During my Masters' I did research into political speeches and the world views that politicians put forward in there, in order to assess whether there exists such a thing as a 'populist worldview'.
I did a Bachelor in European Studies at Maastricht University and a Master in Social and Cultural Psychology at LSE. I am therefore very enthusiastic about bringing insights from political psychology into my current research.
- 2019 - 2024 The NWO VIDI project 'Democratic innovations & populism: For better or worse?' looks into the effects of participation in a democratic innovation on the political attitude of citizens. Before, during and after real-life cases of the use of participatory instruments at the local and national level, participants will be surveyed and interviewed. This mixed-methods approach will allow for an analysis of the broader patterns as well as an understanding of the deeper drivers of the effect of democratic innovations on political attitudes. More information