Geerten Waling (1986) is a Dutch historian specialized in the history of democracy. As a postdoc researcher at Leiden University, he is the coordinator of the interdisciplinary Profile Area "Political Legitimacy", a network that connects four Leiden University faculties and hundreds of their researchers.
His latest book in Dutch is written together with Professor Wim Voermans (Constitutional Law): Gemeente in de genen. Tradities en toekomst van de lokale democratie in Nederland (Amsterdam: Prometheus 2018). The authors study the origins and future of local democracy in The Netherlands, from a historical, political science, and a constitutional law perspective.
In 2017, Waling published Zetelroof. Fractiediscipline en afsplitsing in de Tweede Kamer, 1917-2017 (Nijmegen: Vantilt), in which he studies the relationship between parties and individual MP's in the Netherlands between 1917 and 2017, from a political science and a historical perspective. In May 2016, he defended his dissertation on democratic experiments in 1848 in Paris and Berlin, entitled 1848 – Clubkoorts en revolutie. Democratische experimenten in Parijs en Berlijn, which is published (in Dutch) as a book by Vantilt, Nijmegen (English summary). His dissertation was written between 2010 and 2015 in the context of the NWO-funded research project The Promise of Organisation at the Institute for History (Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University). As a teacher at the same institute, he obtained his University Teaching Qualification (BKO).
Besides his academic work, Waling is a columnist for Elsevier Weekblad and de Volkskrant. More information on writings and speaking engagements
- Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
- Instituut Politieke Wetenschap