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13 November: Seminar 'Explanatory Case Study Designs – Taking Stock and Looking Forward'

The third seminar of the serie 'Research Methodology for the Study of Governance', organized by the Graduate School of Faculty Campus The Hague, with Professor Markus Haverland (Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Seminar Series


New ideas are revitalizing social science. Increasing access to massive data streams and powerful computing tools, the democratization of scientific debate through self-publishing and blogs, and a renewed interest in providing research immediately relevant for policy and society have all contributed to a new impetus to advance social science methodology. The new technological and social context of social science research has provided not only new tools, but is changing the type of questions scientists ask and the type of answers and solutions society expects. Predictive models of elections and conflicts, prospective evaluation of public policies and development programs, the coding and digitalization of all and every type of political data are all gaining center stage in research on politics and governance. At the same time, there is renewed interest in the normative foundations and ethics of social research, partly as a response to ongoing political and societal challenges to the autonomy and legitimacy of the social sciences.

This seminar series aims to raise awareness of the cutting edge of social-scientific methodology, and to engage in the broader debates about the role of science in society that spur methodological innovation.

During the third seminar of the series Professor Markus Haverland (Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam) will speak about: 

Explanatory Case Study Designs – Taking Stock and Looking Forward



Markus Haverland

Markus Haverland

Markus Haverland


Professor Markus Haverland holds the chair in Political Science at the Department of Public Administration of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is also a fellow at the Montesquieu Institute (The Hague) and the European Research Centre for Economic and Financial Governance (Leiden/Delft/Rotterdam). His research and teaching interests include EU policy-making and its effect on EU member states, comparative politics and public policy, and research design. He is currently studying the impact of EU politicization on EU policy-making both in general and concerning financial regulation. Professor Haverland is also focusing on improving the rigor of explanatory case studies and teaches (inter)national master classes on this topic.



Target group


  • Scientific Staff and PhD’s of Faculty Campus The Hague (Leiden University)

  • Scientific Staff and PhD’s of the Institute of Political Science (Leiden University)

  • Research Master Students Public Administration and Political Science (Leiden University)

  • Scientific Staff and PhD’s of the Leiden Institute of Tax Law and Economics


More information


Date: Friday 13 November

Time: 15:30 - 17:00 hrs. (followed by drinks)

Location: Leiden University - Campus The Hague; Schouwburgstraat 2 The Hague

Registration: Please register before 4 November via graduateschool@cdh.leidenuniv.nl

For questions and suggestions regarding the series, please contact  dr. Dimiter Toshkov or  Professor Sandra Groeneveld.

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