Department of Political Science

Kees van Kersbergen

Professor

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Kees van Kersbergen

Professor

  • Department of Political Science
Postal address:
Bartholins Allé 7
1340, 229
8000
Aarhus C
Denmark

Email: kvk@ps.au.dk

Phone: +4587165727

CURRICULUM VITAE Kees van Kersbergen


PERSONAL DATA

Name:Cornelis Johannes (Kees) van Kersbergen
Sex:Male
Date of Birth:1 October 1958
Nationality:Dutch
Civil Status:Married, no children
Telephone:(office: 45 87165727)
Email:kvk@ps.au.dk


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

1978 Gymnasium α, Coornhert Gymnasium, Gouda (NL)

1980 Undergraduate Political Science, University of Amsterdam
Major:Political Science
Minors:History
Economics
Mass Communication

1984 Master in Political Science, University of Amsterdam
Major:Political Science
Minors:Philosophy
Economic Theory
Thesis: “Van de krisis in de Nederlandse politiek tot de politiek van Nederland in de krisis. Een aanzet tot geschiedschrijving van de Nederlandse politiek in de periode 1970–1984”, Amsterdam (July 1984) (From the Crisis of Dutch Politics to the Politics of the Netherlands During the Crisis)

1991: PHD (cum laude/with distinction), European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Post-doctoral
Courses:

1987/88:Statistics (European University Institute, Florence, Italy)
1988/89:Econometrics and Econometric Testing (European University Institute, Florence, Italy)
1989:Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection (University of Essex, Colchester, England):
- Contingency tables
- Causal models and Structural Equations
- Advanced Causal Modeling
2003/4Academic Leadership

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

1982–1984:
Student Assistant at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1984–1987:
Scientific Assistant at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1987–1991:
Researcher at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy
1989–1991:
Research Assistant at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy
1991-1997:
Associate Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1997–2003:
Full professor (“gewoon hoogleraar”) of Political Science (National Political Systems and Dutch Politics) at the Nijmegen School of Management of Nijmegen University
2001–2003:
Director of the research programme in Economics, Public Administration and Political Science (“Institutional Shifts in Government and Governance in a Comparative and International Perspective”) at the Nijmegen School of Management of Nijmegen University
2003–2010:
Full professor ((“gewoon hoogleraar”) of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2002–2009:
Chair of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Programme “Shifts in Governance”
2003–2007:
Director of the research programme of the Centre for Comparative Social Studies (CCSS) of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2004–2007:
Chair of the board of the Centre for Comparative Social Studies (CCSS) of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2004–2010:
Head of Department, Department of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2005–2010:
Member of the supervising committee of the research programme “The distribution of responsibilities in social security and labour market policy” (University of Amsterdam)
2007–
Member of the international reference group for the Nordic Centre of Excellence “The Nordic Welfare State - Historical Foundations and Future Challenge”
2010–
Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University
2013–
Vice Head of Department, Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University

RESEARCH PROJECTS:

1981/82:
Research Project on “Parliament and Multinational Corporations”, University of Amsterdam (UvA)
1982/83:
Research Assistant, Project “D66 and the New Middle Class” (UvA)
1983/84:
Research Assistant, Project “The Liberation of Amsterdam. A Struggle for Power and Morality” (UvA)
1985/87:
Research Assistant, Project “Social Democracy” (UvA)
1989–91:
Research Assistant, “Changing Classes. Stratification and Mobili¬ty in Post-industrial Societies” (sponsored by the Research Council of the European University Institute and the European Commission, Directory General for Social and Labor Market Affairs, DG V) (European University Institute)
1996–
Political Allegiance and the Disenchantment of Politics
1991–1997:
Political Institutions and Actors: Public Administration, Communication and Government Policy; Themes: a. The influence of party politics on the performance of governments in multi-party systems: the paradox of conflict and cooperation; b. The political context of social and economic welfare in capitalist democracies (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
1997–2001:
Political Change (University of Nijmegen)
2001–2003:
Institutional Shifts in Government and Governance in a Comparative and International Perspective (University of Nijmegen)
2003–2010:
Multi-Layered Governance (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
2004–2010:
Religion and the welfare state
2010–
Comparative Welfare State Politics
2012–
Diverging Welfare State Reform in Scandinavia/
Universalism and the Welfare State in Scandinavia

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

University of Amsterdam, 1982–1987:
Supervision of Research Projects Conducted by Students; Introduction to Political Science; Introduction to the History of Political Ideas and Social and Economic History; Research Seminars; Supervision of Master Theses

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1991–1997:
Politics in the Netherlands; Comparative Political Science; Comparative Political Sociology; Workshops; Political Sociology; Introduction to Political Science; Concepts and Approaches; Supervision of Master and Doctoral Theses; Seminar “Classics of Political Science, Political Sociology and Public Administration”

University of Nijmegen, 1997–2003:
Introduction to Political Science; Political Sociology and Social Movements; Theories and Methods of Comparative Political Science; The State: Problems and Comparisons; Dutch Politics in Comparative Perspective; Various Master Classes, including “Epistemology”; “Power and Hierarchy”; “Foundations of Modern Social and Political Science”; “State and Society in Comparative Perspective”

Netherlands Institute of Government (National Research School for Public Administration and Political Science), 1997¬–2004:
Political Science: State of the Art

Netherlands School of Public Administration, The Hague, 1998–2001:
Various courses on Politics, Society and Public Policy

Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2000:
The Politics and Political Economy of Contemporary Welfare Capitalism.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 2003–2010:
Institutional Approaches; Political Sociology; Introduction to Political Science: Power and Democracy; Political Concepts and Processes: State of the Art of Political Science; Comparative Politics; Issues in Comparative Politics; Seminar in Comparative Politics and International Relations; Political Analysis; Supervision of Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Theses

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona since 2006–2010 (yearly, one month intensive course):
Comparative Social Policy and the Welfare State

Sichuan University, Chengdu (China) 2007, 2008, 2009:
Religion, Christian Democracy and Europe

Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2009:
The Political Opportunities and Constraints in Welfare State Reform

Aarhus University, Aarhus (since 2010):
Democratic Deficits and the Dissatisfaction with Politics; Power and Faith: On the Role of Religion in Contemporary Politics; The Politics and Policies of Welfare State Reform; The Comparative Politics of Inequality; Populism: Where Does It Come From and Where Is It Heading?; The Comparative Politics of European Welfare State Reform; Power and Faith: Religion and Politics in an Expanding Europe; Power and Democracy: From the Classic Debate to Contemporary Research; Public Policy.


PHD SUPERVISION/EVALUATION/MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEES

Mirjam Hertogh, “Geene wet, maar de Heer”: de confessionele ordening van het Nederlandse sociale zekerheidsstelsel (1870–1975), University of Tilburg, 1997 (member)
Markus Haverland, National autonomy, European integration and the politics of packaging waste, University of Utrecht, 1998 (member)
André Krouwel, The catch-all party in Western Europe 1945-1990: a study in arrested development, VU University Amsterdam, 1999 (member)
Miranda de Vries, Governing with your closest neighbour : an assessment of spatial coalition formation theories, Radboud University Nijmegen, 1999 (chair)
Anna van Vleuten, Dure vrouwen, dwarse staten: een institutioneel-realistische visie op de totstandkoming en implementatie van Europees beleid, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2001 (chair)
Conny Roggeband, Over de grenzen van de politiek. Een vergelijkende studie naar de opkomst en ontwikkeling van de vrouwenbeweging tegen seksueel geweld in Nederland en Spanje, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2002 (supervisor)
Alexander van Kessel, “Ruggen recht, heren”. Hoe de Nederlandse christen-democraten het tegenover hun Duitse geestverwanten aflegden in het debat over het profiel van de Europese Volkspartij, University of Nijmegen, 2003 (member)
Noël Vergunst, The institutional dynamics of consensus and conflict: consensus democracy, corporatism and socio-economic policy-making and performance in twenty developed democracies (1965–1998), VU University Amsterdam, 2004 (co-supervisor; member)
Inge Bleijenbergh, Citizens who care: European social citizenship in EU-debates on childcare and part-time work, VU University Amsterdam, 2004 (member)
Jaap Woldendorp, The polder model: from disease to miracle? Dutch neo-corporatism 1965 – 2000, VU University Amsterdam, 2005 (member)
Ellen Mastenbroek, The Politics of Compliance. Explaining the transposition of EC Directives in the Netherlands, Leiden University, 2007 (referee)
Catherine E. de Vries, European Integration and national Elections: The Imapct of EU Issue Voting on national Electoral Politics, VU University Amsterdam, 2007 (member).
Sabina Stiller, The Role of Ideational Leadership in German Welfare State Reform: towards an Explanation of Institutional Change, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2007 (supervisor)
Barbara Vis, The Politics of the Work–Welfare Mix. Identifying Patterns and Providing Explanations for Changes in Twenty Advanced Capitalist Democracies, 1985–2002, VU University Amsteredam, 2008 (supervisor)
Marleen Romeijn, Analyzing the Transposition of European Union Directives in the Area of Social Policy, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2008 (supervisor)
Timotheos Frey, Der Schmale Grat zum Erfolg: Die Christdemokratie in Westeuropa, University of Zürich, 2008 (member).
Arjan Schakel, A Postfunctionalist Theory of Subnational Government, VU University Amsterdam, 2009 (member).
Dennie Oude Nijhuis, Labor divided. Union Structure and the Development of the Postwar Welfare State in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, Leiden University, 2009 (member).
Carsten Jensen, The Politics of Welfare Services, Aarhus University, 2009 (member).
Myrtille Hellendoorn, Kostwinners en verliezers. De consequenties van individualisering van inkomensvorming voor de economische positie van vrouwen (1950-1990); een sociologische analyse, VU University Amsterdam, 2010 (supervisor)
Gerry van der Kamp-Alons, Against the Grain, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2010 (member).
Christoph Arndt, The Electoral Consequences of Third Way Welfare State Reforms, Aarhus University, 2011 (chair)
Line Renate Gustafsson, What Did You Learn in School Today? How Ideas Matered for Policy Changes in Danish and Swedish Schools 1990-2011, Aarhus University, 2012 (chair)


GRANTS/PRIZES/FELLOWSHIPS:

1987–1991:
Grant of the Dutch Ministry of Education and of the European Community to conduct a PhD Research at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (Doctoral Dissertation: “Social Capitalism. A Study of Christian Democracy and the Post-War Settlement of the Welfare State”, defended: December 1991, cum laude/with distinction)

1994:
Teacher of the Year (Student Award, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

1995:
Second Place Teacher of the Year (Student Award, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

1996:
Seventh Stein Rokkan Prize in Comparative Social Science for Social Capitalism. A Study of Christian Democracy and the Welfare State (London/New York: Routledge, 1995): 6 December 1996, Paris, at the General Assembly of the International Social Science Council (ISSC), by the ISSC, the Universidad Candido Mendes and the European Consortium for Political Research

Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

1997:
Honorary Professorship, P.W. Segers-chair, Centre for Social Policy, Antwerp University, Belgium

Visiting Professor at the Department of Political Science and the Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA

2001:
Grant of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to write a background study for the strategic research policy of NWO. (Shifts in Governance: Problems of Legitimacy and Accountability. The Hague June 2001[with Frans van Waarden]).

Research grant of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for a collaborative research project (universities of Leiden, Nijmegen and Utrecht): Analyzing European Union Policies: the Transposition of Directives.

2006–2010:
(Yearly one month) Visiting professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

2006–2010:
Grant of the National Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) to write the concluding study of the Shifts in Governance programme (which I did not accept)

2008–2009:
Replacement grant by the University of Konstanz’ Centre of excellence “Cultural Foundations of Social Integration”

2011:
Eilert Sundt Honorary Lecture 2011

2013:
Rammebevilling (Bevillings-ID: DFF – 1327-00074) Det Frie Forskningsråd | Samfund og Erhverv (DKK 2.178.720) Diverging Welfare State Reform in Scandinavia: Is the Middle Class Abandoning Universalism?

2013:
AU Idea Pilot Centre Grant (DKK 4.000.000) Universalism and the Welfare State in Scandinavia

MANAGERIAL

- Member of the Council of the European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA)
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Netherlands Institute of Governance (National research School)
- Chair of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Programme Committee “Shifts in Governance”
- Member of the Advisory Board for the National Programme for German Studies
- Member of the special committee for the preparation of research and teaching quality assessment of political science, public administration and communication science (National Chamber for Social-Cultural Sciences of the Union of Cooperating Dutch Universities)
- Section Head Religion and Politics of the 69th Annual MPSA conference, March 31-April 3 2011, Chicago

EDITORIAL/REFEREE/EXPERT

- Member of the editorial board of the Amsterdam University Press (2000–2007)
- Member of the editorial advisory board of Acta Politica (2001–2007)
- Member of the advisory board of the Swiss Political Science Review (2001–)
- Member of the “referentencollege” of the Dutch Science Foundation (2004–)
- Member of the expert advisory board of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2006–)
- Member of the editorial board of Acta Politica (1997–2001)
- Member of the editorial board of ECPR-NEWS (1997–2001)
- Member of the editorial board of Openbaar Bestuur Internationaal (1995–1998)
- Member of selection committees for chairs in Political Science (University of Amsterdam, Antwerp University)
- Referee for West European Politics, Swiss National Science Foundation, Comparative Political Studies, Beleid & Maatschappij (B en M), European Journal of Political Research, Party Politics, Political Studies, Public Administration, Netherlands’ Journal of Social Sciences, Routledge, Danish Social Science Research Council of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Governance, International Political Science Review, European Journal of International Relations, Political Studies, Social Policy & Administration, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Comparative European Politics, Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, Cambridge University Press, Journal of Social Policy, Politics, Religion & Ideology, Journal of European Social Policy, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Socio-Economic Review, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Socio-Economic Review, American Political Science Review, European Journal of Political Research.
- Member of the International Advisory Board of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society (since 2007).
- Member of the editorial board of the Changing Welfare States series of Amsterdam University Press (2002–2012)
- Editor of Acta Politica (2008–2010)


LANGUAGES:

Mother tongue:Dutch

Foreign Languages:Reading Writing Speaking
English: Excellent Excellent Well
German: Excellent Reasonable Well
French: Reasonable Moderate Moderate
Italian: Well Moderate Reasonable
Danish: Well Moderate Moderate