Personal profile


I am a political theorist of European integration with a multidisciplinary background in political philosophy, political science, and public administration.

I am fascinated with the ideals that underpin modern democracies and how European integration challenges them. My research is driven by a desire to understand why democracy became the accepted form of rule and how we might imagine democratic EU governance. To achieve a better understanding, I am firmly committed to approaches that combine empirical insights about political rule with philosophical reflections on their legitimacy.

I have published on the democratic deficit, EU legitimacy, political realism, and the EU as a demoi-cracy. In my current research, I shifted my attention from constitutional questions to institutional ones. I am particularly interested in the institutionalisation of democratic accountability in EU decision-making after the Euro-crisis, especially during the Brexit negotiations.


Through my teaching, I aim to convey my enthusiasm for political theory and explain its relevance for understanding a rapidly changing world. During my tenures at Rotterdam, Exeter, Leiden and Amsterdam, I had the pleasure to teach courses in international political theory, political science theory, the philosophy of public administration and EU-studies at both the bachelors’ and masters’ level. I cemented these experiences with official Dutch and British teaching accreditation.

I am currently supervising several master thesis students.

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Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-02-17)

Education / Academic qualification

PhD, University of Exeter

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Research Output 2015 2018

  • 4 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Political political theory: Essays on institutions

Beetz, J. P. 2016 In : Contemporary Political Theory. p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: ScientificBook/Film/Article review