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Ronald Kroeze is associate professor of political history and director of studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research and teaching focus on:

- the history of modern politics, democracy, anti/corruption and good government;

- colonial governance and its impact on the postcolonial world and global norm-setting;

- business-politics relations and the impact of (new public) management and neoliberalism on national and European politics;

- business history, financial history and heritage;

- “uses of the past” and applied history (including the learning history method),

- oral history.

Kroeze is initiator and coordinator of the research project ‘Colonial Normativity. Corruption and difference in colonial and postcolonial histories of empire and nations’ that started in 2019 and is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This international project compares the role of corruption in Dutch and Indonesian histories of state-formation. In 2018 he received a NWO-grant (together with Inger Leemans (VU) and Joost Dankers UU) to form an international network to execute a research on financial history and heritage.

Furthermore, he is a co-founder of the international network ‘Politics and Corruption’, funded by the French CNRS. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford (Corpus Christi College), University of Warwick, University of Avignon and Humboldt University of Berlin. A Key publication is Ronald Kroeze, Guy Geltner and André Vitoria (eds), A History of Anticorruption. From Antiquity until the Modern Era. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Research

On his research Kroeze has published in books, volumes and in peer reviewed international journals such as the Journal for Modern European HistoryBMGN-Low Countries Historical Review, Management & Organizational HistoryBusiness History, Enterprise & Society and The Oral History Review.

He is initiator and coordinator of the research project ‘Colonial Normativity. Corruption and difference in colonial and postcolonial histories of empire and nations’ that is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-Open Competitie) and started in 2019. This international projects consists of several subprojects that together compare the role of corruption in Dutch and Indonesian histories of state-formation and economic development, 1870s-2010s. In this respect, he is also co-supervisor of two PhD projects on corruption and post/colonial governance.

In 2018 he received an internationalisation grant, together with Inger Leemans (VU) and Joost Jonker (UU), from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to initiate and execute a project on financial history and financial heritage, with a focus on stock trading, the influence of finance on society and how organisations use the past.

Two other themes his research and publications cover are a) oral history as well as b) business-politics relations and the impact of (new public) management and neoliberalism on national and European politics. Relevant publications on this subject include: R. Kroeze and S. Keulen, "The rise of neoliberalism and the termination of Keynesian policies. A multilevel governance analysis of the closure of the Amsterdam shipyards, 1968-1986", Enterprise & Society, March 2020. In this respect, he is also co-applicant en co-supervisors of a PhD research on the impact of new public management on Dutch and Flemish higher education.

Earlier, Kroeze was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam (2014-2017) and involved in the EU funded FP7 project Anticorrp (www.anticorrp) - on the history of anticorruption. Results of this research have been published in Ronald Kroeze, Guy Geltner and André Vitoria (eds), A History of Anticorruption. From Antiquity until the Modern Era. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

He obtained his PhD in 2013 after he successfully completed a research on corruption and public morality in Dutch politics that was part of the larger project ‘The Genesis of Public Valuesystems 1650-1950’ and funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The results were published in Ronald Kroeze, Een kwestie van politieke moraliteit. Politieke corruptieschandalen en goed bestuur (A question of political morality. Political corruption scandals and good government in the Netherlands, 1848-1940). Hilversum: Verloren, 2013

In 2010 Kroeze had a research sabbatical to work on a project (together with Sjoerd Keulen and James Kennedy) on the history of management and leadership that was part of the larger project ‘Omstreden Democratie’ (Contested Democracy) and funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). On this project Kroeze (together with Sjoerd Keulen) published De Leiderschapscarrousel. Waarom iedere tijd zijn eigen leider vraagt (The Leadership carrousel. Why every time asks for its own leader). Amsterdam: Boom, 2011. The book was nominated for the management book of the year award.  

Teaching

At the Vrije Universiteit Kroeze is director of studies and teaches courses on the history of democracy, corruption and modern Europe in the BA and MA History programmes. He also teaches political philosophy and global justice in the BA programme Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and the course Democracy in Modern History at Amsterdam University College (AUC). He was awarded teacher of the year of the History Department and nominated for both the Faculty’s and University’s teacher of the year award in 2015.

 

Ancillary activities

Kroeze was a visiting scholar at University of Oxford (Corpus Christie College) (2018-2019), University of Avignon, Centre Norbert Elias (2017), University of Warwick (2016) and Humboldt University of Berlin (2014). During his time as a PhD candidate he took summerschools at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Helsinky University and Viadrina University in Frankfurt am Oder. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Amsterdam Centre for Political Thought and a co-founder and members of the International Scientific Network 'Politics and Corruption: History and Sociology', funded by the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and several other European research institutes. In 2018 he was selected to become a member of the Amsterdam Young Academy (see: https://www.amsterdamyoungacademy.nl/).

Kroeze is regularly invited by media and societal organisations to comment on corruption, integrity and Dutch politics from an historical perspective.

In 2007 Ronald Kroeze, Marc Hannemann and Sjoerd Keulen set up and executed a project on the history of the eastern border of Europe that was funded by the Wilhemina Jansen Stichting, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds and the Dutch Ministries of Economic Affairs and Foreign Affairs. They visited former and current (symbolic) border places in Europe such as Berlin, Istanbul, Minsk, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Jekaterinburg (Ural) and Vladivostok, analysed national history musea and made use of oral history. The results were published in the academic journal Internationale Spectator, in a series of articles in the Dutch newspaper nrc.next, on the website of nrc handelsblad and in the book Vals plat in de Oeral. De zoektocht naar de oostgrens van Europa (False flat in the Urals. The search for the Eastern border of Europe) Soesterberg: Aspekt, 2008; reprint 2009).

 

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Keywords

  • DH Netherlands (The Low Countries)
  • Corruption
  • Anticorruption
  • Politics
  • Management
  • Governance
  • Good governance
  • Neoliberalism
  • New Public Management
  • DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
  • European History
  • History of Corrruption and Anticorruption
  • JC Political theory
  • Political corruption
  • Democracy
  • Management

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