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Grants Governance programme within NORFACE

Fourteen transnational consortia of which seven with Dutch researchers have received funding from the European NORFACE network within the theme ‘Democratic governance in a turbulent age’. Two of them are FGGA researchers Natascha van der Zwan and Caelesta Braun.

Natascha van der Zwan: DEEPEN

Democratic Governance of Funded Pension Schemes (DEEPEN)

DEEPEN explores the democratic governance of capital-funded occupational pension schemes and investigates how governments, regulators and labour market actors govern funded pensions and whether participants are satisfied with pension fund performance. The project combines quantitative analysis of survey data with comparative case studies based on elite and expert interviews and analysis of primary and secondary documents.

Project leader: professor K.M. Anderson, University College Dublin (Ireland)
Dutch principal investigator: dr N.A.J. van der Zwan, Leiden University (the Netherlands)

Caelesta Braun: ReConnect

Reconnecting citizens to the administrative state? (ReConnect)

This study covers how changes in the political environment, public sector reform, and changing citizen demands have led to calls for more responsive administrative state institutions, and explores how the administrative state has sought to become more responsive to citizens and politicians. The ReConnect project approaches ‘the administrative state’ from the dimensions of the constitutional, regulatory, enabling, consumer-protecting, and consulting administrative state.

Project leader: professor M.C.E. Lodge, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)
Dutch principal investigator: dr C.H.J.M Braun, Leiden University


NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe) is a partnership of national research funding agencies from 20 European countries focusing on the field of social and behavioural sciences. NORFACE provides joint funding facilities, supports existing networks and encourages the formation of new networks.

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