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I am Professor of Global Political Economy and Geopolitics at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where I am employed since 2000.

I studied political science and international relations at the University of Amsterdam, obtaining my Master’s degree with distinction (cum laude) in 1994, and obtained my PhD in the social and political sciences with distinction from the European University Institute in Florence. After my four years in Italy I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, before rerturning to Amsterdam.

My academic research centres around the role of class and elite power within the global and European political economy and within contemporary geopolitics. From this angle my interrelated research areas comprising my past and future research agendas are among others: European socio-economic governance; global governance or what I call the governance of liberal world order and its contestants; U.S. foreign policy, globalisation, and the role of transnational corporate elites.

Among my books are Transnational Class Strategy and European Integration (Routledge, 2002); The Transnational Politics of Corporate Governance Regulation (co-editor, Routledge, 2007). Neoliberalism in Crisis? (co-editor, Palgrave, 2012); The State-Capital Nexus in the Global Crisis (co-editor, Routledge, 2013); American Grand Strategy and Corporate Elite Networks (with Naná de Graaff, Routledge, forthcoming 2016).

Next to my academic career I am since 2015 a Member of the Senate of the Dutch Parliament  for the Socialist Party – @SPnl. As Senator I am spokesperson for my party for finance, European affairs, foreign affairs, and defence. I also serve as Chair of the Senate’s Standing Committee on European Affairs and am member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.



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Research Output 2000 2019

Critical Political Economy

van Apeldoorn, B. & Horn, L., 2019, European Integration Theory. Antje, W., Boerzel, T. A. & Thomas, R. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, p. 195 215 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

De mondiale geopolitieke economie en de crisis van de elite

van Apeldoorn, B., 3 Oct 2019, Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 38 p.

Research output: Book / ReportInaugural speechProfessional

Open Access

US-China relations and the crisis of liberal order

de Graaff, N. A. & van Apeldoorn, E. B., 2018

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteProfessional

US-China relations and the liberal world order: Contending elites, colliding visions?

de Graaff, N. & van Apeldoorn, B., 1 Jan 2018, In : International Affairs. 94, 1, p. 113-131 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

world order
foreign policy

Dolende Navo moet op de schop om wereld echt veiliger te maken

van Apeldoorn, E. B., 23 May 2017, In : Trouw.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

Activities 2012 2016

  • 4 Lecture / Presentation

American Grand Strategy and Corporate Elite Networks

E.B. van Apeldoorn (Speaker), N.A. de Graaff (Speaker)
7 Apr 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

US Foreign Policy and Corporate Elites

E.B. van Apeldoorn (Speaker), N.A. de Graaff (Speaker)
28 Feb 2014

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The American Open Door from the Civil War to the War on Terror

E.B. van Apeldoorn (Speaker), N.A. de Graaff (Speaker)
1 Nov 20133 Nov 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Press / Media

Muntunie op termijn niet houdbaar

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Monetary Union not sustainable

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other