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Dr. Jan Hoogland is Associate Professor in Public Administration and Political Science in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is coordinator of the Mastertrack Governance of Civil Society O)rganisations (Besturen van Maatschappelijke Organisaties) and teacher of one of the courses within this Mastertrack Civil Society Organisations in Transition).


Societal resilience and the role of civil society

My teaching and research is starting from the conviction that the power of civil society is one of the main constituents of societal resilience. Without a powerful civil society citizens bevome more and more the consumers of political solutions with marginal responsibilities for themselves and an easy exit-option by changing votes at the next elections. Agency, responsibility and ownership are at the debit side of this development.

Since the rise of the welfare state, the role of a powerful and state-independent civil society has been reduced. The state has become increasingly important for the solution of societal problems. Civil society has been under increasing pressure.

Only by empowering, innovating and revitalizing civil society the agency, responsibility and ownership of citizens can be restored and societal resilience can be enhanced.

The main goal of my teaching and research is enhancing societal resilience by stengthening civil ownership and initiative and improving professional responsibility and excellence. I do this by paying attention to 1) the intention of civil society organizations (and the internal goods of societal practices); 2) the interconnectedness of citizens in civil society organizations; and 3) the inspiration of professionals working in civil society organizations. 

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Professor in Christian Philosophy, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, University of Twente, Enschede, Holland.

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civil society Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
citizenship Social Sciences
governance Social Sciences
cause Social Sciences
stagnation Social Sciences
resilience Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences

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Research Output 1995 2019

Security networks: Applying the normative practice approach to nodal governance theory

van Steden, R., van Putten, R. J. & Hoogland, J., Apr 2019, The Normative Nature of Social Practices and Ethics in Professional Environments. de Vries, M. J. & Jochemsen, H. (eds.). IGI Global Publishing, p. 277-294 18 p.

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

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What’s the problem? Investigation of Dutch policy statements in search of causes of stagnating citizenship education

Meester-van Laar, A., Bertram-Troost, G. D., Hoogland, J. & de Ruyter, D. J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Education, Citizenship and Social Justice.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

document analysis

A distinctive of Christian Higher Education: Educating for vocation

de Muynck, A., Vos, P. H., Hoogland, J. & van der Stoep, J., 2017, In : Christian Higher Education. 16, 1-2, p. 3-10

Research output: Contribution to JournalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Christian Higher Education in a changing context: Shifting from pillars to practices

Broer, N. A., Hoogland, J. & van der Stoep, J., 2017, In : Christian Higher Education. 16, 1-2, p. 55 - 66 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

world society
nation state

De participatiesamenleving als moreel vraagstuk

Hoogland, J., 2016, Ontzuilde bezieling: Transformatie van burgers en maatschappelijke organisaties. Buijs, G. & Hoogland, J. (eds.). Den Haag: Boom bestuurskunde, p. 19 - 34 15 p. 1

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Activities 2001 2001

  • 1 Editorial work

Beweging (Journal)

G.J. Buijs (Member of editorial board), J. Hoogland (Member of editorial board), G. Glas (Member of editorial board)

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