Tom Louwerse is Associate Professor in Political Science. His main areas of interest include political representation, parliaments, political parties, elections, polls and voting advice applications. He teaches in the field of research methods, Dutch and comparative politics.
Currently, Louwerse is working on two major research projects. The Nature of Political Representation in Times of Dealignment, supported by the Open Research Area, studies the quality and nature of political representation. His NWO-Vidi project Who opposes? focuses on government-opposition cooperation in parliament.
His outreach activities include polling aggregation in the Netherlands, published by the public broadcaster NOS, and Ireland. Louwerse is chair of Young Academy Leiden and Convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments.
Dr Louwerse studied political science at Leiden University, obtaining his Master’s degree in 2006 and his PhD in 2011. His PhD thesis, written under supervision of Prof. Rudy Andeweg and Dr Huib Pellikaan deals with the democratic mandate of political parties in Great Britain and the Netherlands. This dissertation was shortlisted for the ECPR Jean Blondel Prize. Before returning to Leiden, Tom Louwerse worked as an Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland from 2013 to 2015. In September 2015 Dr Louwerse was awarded the Emerging Scholars Award from the Organized Section on Political Organizations and Parties of the American Political Science Association.
Tom Louwerse is available to supervise PhD students and invites PhD research proposals in the areas of:
- elections and electoral behaviour
- parliamentary behaviour
- political institutions and political parties
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