Institutionalisation of Political Parties: Comparative Cases. Edited by Robert Harmel and Lars G. Svasand

The Radboud University Local Organising Committee

The local hosts work alongside the ECPR Events Team with the organisation of the conference.



Gerry Alons, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Institute for Management Research, Radboud University, the Netherlands. Her research covers trade and agricultural policy making, with a special focus on questions of when and how ideational variables such as norms, identity and policy paradigms influence state preferences and foreign policy. Previous publications include ‘Predicting a State’s Foreign Policy: State Preferences Between Domestic and International Constraints’ in Foreign Policy Analysis (2007); ‘European External Trade Policy: The Role of Ideas in German Preference Formation’ in Journal of Contemporary European Research (2013); and ‘Farmers Versus Ideas: Explaining the Continuity in French Agricultural Trade Policy during the GATT Uruguay Round’ in Journal of European Public Policy (2014).            
Bertjan Verbeek, Professor of International Relations and Chair of the Department of Political Science.  He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Bologna and Visiting Researcher at Crismart, Stockholm. His expertise includes Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis and International Organizations. He has published, a.o., in European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Common Market Studies, Mershon International Studies Review, and Cooperation & Conflict. He has published various books with Routledge, Lexington, and Ashgate.

Sandra L. Resodihardjo, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She was a Hallsworth Visiting Professor at Manchester University, England. She wrote Crisis and Change in the British and Dutch Prison Services. Understanding Crisis-Reform Processes (2009) and co-edited Reform in Europe. Breaking the Barriers in Government (2006). She has previously published in, for instance, the International Journal of Production EconomicsActa PoliticaJournal of Contingencies and Crisis ManagementPunishment & Society, and West European Politics. Her current research focus is on blame games following crises and the way in which attention for safety and security fluctuates over time.

Sandra van Thiel, Professor of public management and acting chair of the department of public administration at Radboud University. Her research focuses on executive agencies, operating at arm's length of the government. She has published in journals like JPART, Public Management Review, Governance and Journal of Theoretical Politics, and books have appeared with Palgrave MacMillan (Government agencies: practices and lessons from 30 countries) and Francis & Taylor (Research methods in public administration and public management). Next to academic research, she is a frequent advisor to government bodies and in 2011-2012 she coordinated a parliamentary inquiry for the Dutch Senate. 

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