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Geerten Waling PhD (1986) is a historian, specialized in modern and political history. He was coordinator of the interdisciplinary Profile Area "Political Legitimacy", from 2016 to 2019.
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
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