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Ben Crum is Professor of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is also the co-dean for research in the board of the VU Faculty of Social Sciences.

Crum studied political science at the University of Amsterdam and the London School of Economics, and holds a PhD from the European University Institute Florence. Before joining the Vrije Universiteit in 2004, he worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, at the University of Twente, and at policy consultancy firm Research voor Beleid in Leiden. He also has held a secondment at the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy in The Hague and visiting positions at the University of Victoria (Canada) and Harvard University.


Ben Crum's research focusses on the way processes of internationalization – European integration in particular – affect established practices and understandings of democracy and solidarity. He is the author of Learning from the EU Constitutional Treaty (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor (with John Erik Fossum) of Practices of Inter-Parliamentary Coordination in International Politics. The European Union and Beyond (ECPR Press, 2013). Articles of him have been published in, among others, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public PolicyEuropean Union Politics, the European Review of Political Science, and the European Law Journal. He regularly writes political commentaries, comments on political affairs in the media and has advised ministries, parliamentarians and political parties.


Ben Crum is a work package leader and member of the coordination team in the H2020 RECONNECT project (‘Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and Rule of Law’, 2018-22). Previously, he was co-director of ACCESS EUROPE (the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies), co-director of the ERASMUS-network PADEMIA on parliamentary democracy in Europe (2013-16), and work package co-leader in the FP6 project ‘Reconstituting Democracy in Europe’ (2007-11). Furthermore, he has held and successfully concluded two PhD-grants from the Dutch Science Council (NWO).

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EU Social Sciences
parliament Social Sciences
economic union Social Sciences
executive power Social Sciences
democracy Social Sciences
European Parliament Social Sciences
governance Social Sciences
treaty Social Sciences

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Research Output 2004 2019

Europees Parlement: Machtig maar onzichtbaar

Crum, B. J. J., 2019, In : Helling. 32, 1, p. 16-21 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

Three Cautionary Notes on the Identification of Democratic Backsliding (and Democratic Renewal)

Crum, B. J. J., Oleart, A. & Overeem, P., 2 Apr 2019

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

Open Access

Transnational Representation in EU National Parliaments: Concept, Case Study, Research Agenda

Kinski, L. & Crum, B. J. J., 21 May 2019, In : Political Studies. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
parliamentary debate

Europese variatie, dat klinkt mooi, maar is te vrijblijvend

Crum, B. J. J., 12 Sep 2018, In : De Volkskrant. 2018, september 12, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalComment / Letter to the editorPopular


Making democracy the priority in EU Economic Governance: Four theses on the foundations of the T-Dem project

Crum, B. J. J., 18 Mar 2018, In : European papers. 3, 1, p. 59-65 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional

Open Access

Activities 2014 2019

Politieke Beweging in het Europees Parlement

Ben Crum (Speaker)
31 Jan 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Panel debate 'European Elections 2019: outcomes, observations and opportunities'

Ben Crum (Speaker)
27 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Politieke Beweging in het Europees Parlement

Ben Crum (Speaker)
30 Mar 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Lecture 'The Politics of the European Parliament’

Ben Crum (Speaker)
16 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Minda de Ginzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Ben Crum (Visiting researcher)
17 Feb 20181 Aug 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Press / Media

Europese partij kans van slagen?

Ben Crum


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Hoe moet het nu verder met lidstaat Hongarije in de EU

Ben Crum


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

De EU en het Catalaans onafhankelijkheidsreferendum

Ben Crum


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment