Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Partner 17 (VUA)

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam was established in 1880. High-quality teaching and cutting edge research have given the university a great deal of recognition, enabling it to attract prominent lecturers from within the Netherlands and abroad. The research at the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the VUA is characterised by its focus on the multilevel character of EU politics. The research programme focuses on Europe, both from a comparative, an international and – in order to improve upon the shortcomings of the traditional state-centric perspectives – a transnational point of view.  In addition, central theoretical and empirical insights from Comparative Politics and International Relation/Transnational Politics are combined and integrated. Various members of the department are, or have been, engaged in earlier EU-financed research projects, most recently the DOSEI project.


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Dr. Ben J. J. Crum

Ben Crum is co-leader of WP 2 – Constitutional Politics in RECON. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at VUA and senior member of the Netherlands Institute of Governance (NIG). Previously he was employed as  Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, as post-doc researcher at the University of Twente in Enschede (NL) and as account manager at the policy research firm Research voor Beleid in Leiden (NL). Dr. Crum’s research fields are political theory, and the constitution and politics of the EU. He has been a close follower of the making of the European Constitutional Treaty, the constitutional puzzles it has raised as well as the various stages in its conception and (non-)ratification. In 2006 he was contracted part-time by the Netherlands Scientific Research Council for a Report on improving Dutch EU Politics after the negative referendum outcome in 2005.

RECON participation: WP 1, WP 2 (co-leader), WP 3 and WP 9

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Wolfgang Wagner

Wolfgang Wagner is co-leader of WP 6 - the Foreign and Security Dimension in RECON. He is Professor of International Security at the Department of Political Science at VUA. He is Visiting Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, where he was Senior Research Fellow from 2002 to 2007. Wagner holds a PhD in Political Science from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main. He has been researcher in two projects on German Foreign Policy sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Konstanz and Frankfurt/Main. His main fields of research are EU foreign, security and defense policy and peace and conflict research.

RECON participation: WP 1 and WP 6 (co-leader)

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Dr. Eric Miklin

Eric Miklin was post-doc researcher at the Department of Political Science at VUA financed through the RECON project from March 2008 to October 2010, when he was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Salzburg. He was previously scholar/junior researcher at the Department of Political Science at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna. Miklin defended his dissertation on the Role of the Left-Right cleavage within the EU’s Council of Ministers at the University of Vienna in June 2008. His research focuses on the national position-finding processes with regard to EU policy and especially on the role of (national) parliaments in this regard.

RECON participation: WP 2, WP 3 and WP 9

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