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Residency Dates: February 1 - July 1, 2018


Ben Crum

Ben Crum is Professor of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). He is also the co-dean for research in the board of the VU Faculty of Social Sciences and a co-leader of the European Law & Governance theme at ACCESS EUROPE, the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies.

Crum's research focusses on the way processes of internationalization – European integration in particular – affect established practices and understandings of democracy and solidarity. At CES, he will be working on a project entitled "Pluralist Democracy in an Era of Internationalization," which explores the forms and conditions under which international cooperation and democracy can reinforce – rather than undermine – each other.

Crum 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). He has published in, among others, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, European Union Politics, the European Review of Political Science, and the European Law Journal. He regularly writes political commentaries and has advised ministries, parliamentarians and political parties.

He 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, the University of Twente, the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy in The Hague, and policy consultancy firm Research voor Beleid in Leiden.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Professor of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Visiting Scholar, CES, Harvard University



  • Ben Crum, Learning from the EU Constitutional Treaty. Democratic Constitutionalization beyond the Nation-State . (Abingdon:Routledge, 2012).
  • Ben Crum and John E. Fossum (eds), Practices of Inter-Parliamentary Coordination in International Politics. The European Union and Beyond. (Colchester: ECPR Press, 2013).

Articles (selection)

  • Ben Crum, “Public Reason and Multi-Layered Justice,” Transnational Legal Theory 8(1) (2017).
  • Ben Crum, “Political Science Research and its Political Relevance.” In: H. Keman & J. Woldendorp (eds) Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Political Science., Ch. 30, pp. 469-82. (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar: 2016).
  • Ben Crum and D.M. Curtin, “The Challenge of Making European Union Executive Power Accountable,” in S. Piattoni (ed.) The European Union: Democratic Principles and Institutional Architectures in Times of Crisis, pp. 63-87. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • Ben Crum, “‘Saving the Euro at the Cost of Democracy,” Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 51, No. 4: 614-30 (July 2013).
  • Ben Crum, “Accountability and Personalisation of the European Council Presidency,” Journal of European Integration, Vol.31, No.6: 685-701 (November 2009).
  • Ben Crum and John E. Fossum, “The Multilevel Parliamentary Field: a framework for theorizing representative democracy in the EU,” European Political Science Review, Vol.1, No.2: 249-271 (July 2009).
  • Ben Crum, “Party Stances in the Referendums on the EU Constitution: Causes and Consequences of Competition and Collusion,” European Union Politics Vol.8, No.1: 61-82 (March 2007).

Research Topic

Pluralist Democracy in an Era of Internationalization


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Political science
  • Democratic theory
  • Politics and institutions of the European Union
  • Parliaments and parties
  • International justice
  • The Netherlands