Prof. dr. B.J.J. Crum (Ben)

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faculteit der sociale wetensch ( afdeling bestuurswetenschap en politicologie )
Professor in Political Theory

Present: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 


Political Theory; Constitution and Politics of the European Union


My research concerns the political theory of European Integration. That means that I examine how basic political principles and concepts - like democracy, constitution and solidarity – are affected by the process of European integration and by the internationalization of politics more generally. Key themes in my research are the rise and fall of the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union, the EU democratic deficit, inter-parliamentary coordination in international affairs and transnational social justice.

In 2012, I published Learning from the EU Constitutional Treaty (Routledge). This monograph provides a comprehensive analysis of the rise and fall of the EU Constitutional Treaty and the subsequent adoption of the Treaty of Lisbon. Based on this analysis, the book presents an original political theory of democratic constitutionalization beyond the nation-state. The central thesis of this theory is that international organizations can be put on democratic foundations but only by properly engaging national political structures.

I also regularly publish articles in academic journals like the Journal of European Public Policy, European Union Politics, the European Review of Political Science, and the European Law Journal, and every now and then I write advisory or opinionating pieces for political institutions and news media.



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Publications (Source: METIS VU)

  • Peter Bursens & Ben Crum, ‘The Benelux Countries: How Politicisation Upset a Pro-Integration Coalition’ in M. Carbone (ed.) (2010), National Politics and European Integration: From the Constitution to the Lisbon Treaty, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar: 144-163.
  • Ben Crum, ‘Accountability and Personalisation of the European Council Presidency’, Journal of European Integration 31(6): 685-701.
  • Ben Crum & John E. Fossum, ‘The Multilevel Parliamentary Field: a framework for theorizing representative democracy in the EU’, European Political Science Review 1(2): 249-271.
  • Ben Crum, ‘Party Stances in the Referendums on the EU Constitution: Causes and Consequences of Competition and Collusion’, European Union Politics 8(1): 61-82.

More information

MA Political Science (University of Amsterdam); PhD Political Science (European University Institute, Florence)

Previously employed at Policy research firm Research voor Beleid (Leiden NL), University of Twente (Enschede NL), Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels B), University of Victoria (CAN)

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