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Lecture Paul Frissen on 8 June: "In Defense of State Secrecy"

Civil liberty rests upon the right to have secrets. Paradoxically in defending and protecting this liberty, the state necessarily has to act secretly in order to prevent both internal and external enemies to undermine democracy and the rule of law. Professor Paul Frissen will talk about this paradox and about the necessity of state secrecy, in a lecture on June 8, 2016 at Leiden University.


Legitimacy Research in Progress IX: Claartje van Dam

Claartje van Dam, member of the Profile Area of Political Legitimacy, is in the final period of her PhD research, in which she explores the role of guidance documents of the European Commission in the implementation of EU legislation. Claartje hopes to defend her thesis in 2017.


Fit for the future: Leiden scholars on the Dutch EU Presidency 2016

On April 29, Leiden scholars presented a new book at Nieuwspoort (The Hague): 'Fit for the Future'. This book brings together several views on the Dutch EU Presidency Agenda 2016 from a number of scholars who are affiliated with Leiden University and its profile area Political Legitimacy. The general theme: how to make the European Union fit for the future?


Procedural Justice, Trust and Political Legitimacy

On April 25, 2016, Leiden Law School hosted a symposium on Procedural Justice, Trust and Political Legitimacy, in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of the Interior, in the context of the Leiden Law School honors class on Alternative Conflict Resolution. Speakers were Worldbank analyst and Leiden PhD candidate Florentin Blanc, Professor E. Allan Lind (Duke University) and former Ombudsman Professor Alex Brenninkmeijer.


Symposium: The Legitimacy of the Dutch Senate

On May 12, 2016 the Leiden Research Profile Area Political Legitimacy organizes a public symposium on the legitimacy and future of the Dutch Senate. The meeting will be held in Dutch. Three scholars and three members of the Senate will present and debate their views on the current role of the "Eerste Kamer" and desirable reforms.


Tom Tyler on the Legitimacy of Democratic Governance

On May 13 at 1.00 pm, prof. Tom R. Tyler (Yale Law School) will hold a lecture on "Citizen trust and the legitimacy of democratic governance" at Leiden Law School (Kamerlingh Onne Building). This event is an initiative by the Profile Area "Political Legitimacy" of Leiden University. The lecture is freely and publicly accessible and will be held in English.


Call for Papers: Democratic Secrecy

Transparency in politics is the mantra of democratic governance. Despite its revered status, however, many feel that complete transparency would undermine the effective functioning of governments, and that some degree of secrecy is needed. On September 7-9, 2016, three political philosophers from Leiden will host a panel on the subject of "Democratic Secrecy" at the MANCEPT Conference in Political Theory in Manchester (UK). They call upon their colleagues in all disciplines connected to Political Legitimacy to send in papers.


Lecture by Lorenzo Meyer: Making Populism Great Again

On May 20, from 3 to 5 pm, prof. dr. Lorenzo Meyer (UNAM, Mexico) will hold a lecture at Leiden University about Donald Trump and his impact on Mexico-USA relations. Meyer is a leading scholar in the field of history and international relations.


PhD Defense: Geerten Waling

Grassroots democracy, it usually is as tempting as it is problematic. This goes for the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring, but also for the European "springtime of the peoples" of 1848. On May 24, 2016, at 4.15 pm, Geerten Waling will defend his thesis "1848 – Clubkoorts en revolutie. Democratische experimenten in Parijs en Berlijn" at the Academy Building, Leiden University. The thesis will be published simultaneously as a book by Vantilt (Nijmegen).


Legitimacy Research in Progress VIII: Bart-Jan Heine

Political scientist Bart-Jan Heine has entered the final phase of his PhD research within the Profile Area Political Legitimacy. He expects to complete his thesis, ”Consensus Politics in the Netherlands, A parliamentary-historical study of the political decision-making culture in the Netherlands (1946-2002)” in the first half of 2017. We are proud to publish an abstract of his research so far.


Legitimacy Research in Progress VII: Håvar Solheim

Political historian Håvar Solheim has entered the final phase of his PhD research within the Profile Area Political Legitimacy. He hopes to complete his thesis, "Governability, Public Security and Legitimacy: Local Government and Police in Bogotá, 1995-2015", in the summer of 2016. We are proud to publish an abstract of his research so far.


Debate on the "Ukraine Referendum" (in Dutch)

On March 31 the Europa Instituut of Leiden Law School and the Law Student Association Grotius will organize a debate on the Dutch national referendum of April 6. Participants (a.o.): Kees Verhoeven (D66), Thierry Baudet and Michiel van Hulten. Moderator: prof. dr. Wim Voermans, one of the leaders of the Profile Area Political Legitimacy. The debate will be in Dutch.


Legitimacy Research in Progress VI: Fransje Molenaar

Fransje Molenaar, member of the Profile Area Political Legitimacy, is in the final phase of her PhD research, entitled "Changing the rules of the game. The development and reform of party law in Latin America". Fransje hopes to defend her thesis in 2017. We are proud to publish an abstract of her current research.


Legitimacy Research in Progress V: Elisabeth Dieterman

Historian and philosopher Elisabeth Dieterman is in the final phase of her PhD research in the Profile Area Political Legitimacy at Leiden University. Her thesis has the (provisional) title: "Political Legitimacy under Debate: Democracy and Authority in the Netherlands in the 1880s, 1930s and 1960s". We are proud to publish an abstract of her research.


Legitimacy Reseach in Progress IV: Honorata Mazepus

Honorata Mazepus is reaching the end of her PhD research at our Profile Area Political Legitimacy. She hopes to defend her dissertation in the summer of 2016 at Leiden University. Title: "What makes authorities legitimate in the eyes of citizens? An investigation of perceived legitimacy in different political regimes." She was so kind to already share an abstract of her thesis with us.


Legitimacy Research in Progress III: Anne Heyer

Anne Heyer is a PhD candidate affiliated with the Profile Area Political Legitimacy. At the Leiden Insitute for History, she works on her thesis with the (provisional) title "Birth of Political Mass Parties", in which she compares the first political parties in the United Kingdom (NLF), Germany (SDAP) and The Netherlands (ARP). We are proud to publish an update of her research.


Legitimacy Research in Progress II: Jelle van Buuren

Jelle van Buuren is reaching the end of his PhD research at our Profile Area Political Legitimacy. He hopes to defend his thesis in 2016 at Leiden University. Title: "Target The Hague? Conspiracy Constructions and Hatred of the System in The Netherlands, 2000-2014." We are proud to publish an abstract of his thesis.