Citizens and the State.

My research interests are probably best summed up as the reciprocal relationship between citizens and the state. On the one hand, I study the way in which citizens shape the political realm (for instance via their electoral behavior) and the way in which political parties shape the political space. On the other hand, I study the way in which institutions and governments provide incentives and set constraints to citizens (thereby affecting, a.o., political trust, civic participation, and social capital).

Primarily, I tend to focus on three core themes: Political trust, Social capital, and Electoral behavior.