Cynthia van Vonno
Cynthia van Vonno is assistant professor at Leiden University’s Institute of Political Science
Cynthia van Vonno is assistant professor at the Institute of Political Science. She is the 2013 winner of the Casimirprijs, the Leiden University Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences prize for teaching excellence.
Cynthia is the coordinator of the 2017 Dutch Parliamentary Study, for which all 225 members of the First and Second Chamber are approached for a personal interview about their views on democratic representation and the functioning of parliament. The Dutch Parliamentary Survey was conducted earlier in 1968, 1972, 1978, 1990, 2001 and 2006 by Leiden University. The current project is made possible by a subsidy from the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations, and serves as background information for the State Commission on the Parliamentary System.
Her PhD dissertation (2016) concerns representation studies, specifically focusing on the pathways to parliamentary party unity, for which she developed and tested a sequential decision-making model that MPs apply when determining whether to vote according to the party line. Her research includes an analysis of the determinants of party unity and voting behavior in the Dutch Parliament through time, a comparison of the determinants of party unity at the national, provincial and municipal level in the Netherlands, and a comparative analysis of the effects of institutions on MPs’ decision making in 15 parliamentary democracies. Cynthia’s dissertation was shortlisted for the 2016 ECPR Jean Blondel PhD prize.
She is a member of international PartiRep project, for which she organized and executed the data-collection of the Comparative MP Survey in the Netherlands in 2010 at the national, provincial and municipal level.
Cynthia van Vonno is available to supervise PhD students and invites PhD research proposals in the areas of:
- Parliaments, parliamentary party groups and Members of Parliaments (MPs)
- Theory and practice of political representation in Western (European) democracies
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