Stijn van Kessel
Lecturer in Politics
BSc MSc DPhil
Tel: +44(0)1509 222994
Location: Herbert Manzoni Building
Stijn van Kessel joined Loughborough in October 2012. Between October 2013 and September 2015 he carried out a research project at the Institut für Deutsches und Internationales Parteienrecht und Parteienforschung (PRuF) at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. This project was funded through a postdoctoral fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
After having completed a BSc (2005) and MSc (2006, ‘cum laude’) in Political Science at the VU University Amsterdam, Stijn defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Sussex in November 2011. Subsequently, he has been visiting lecturer at the Radboud University Nijmegen and the VU University Amsterdam.
Since January 2014, Stijn has been one of the convenors of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy (together with Sarah de Lange, Andrea Pirro and Matthijs Rooduijn).
Stijn’s doctoral research focused on the concept of populism and the electoral performance of populist political parties in Europe. These are also the themes of his monograph Populist Parties in Europe: Agents of Discontent? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
The book presents the results of a mixed-methods research project, combining a fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) of 31 European countries with three in-depth case studies of the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom. The study includes populist parties of various ideological kinds – thus moving beyond examples of the 'right' – and covers long-established Western European countries as well as post-communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
Stijn’s wider research interests include populist radical right party discourse, party competition and elections, developments in European party systems, and related questions of democratic legitimacy
At Loughborough, Stijn teaches on the module Introduction to Academic Studies, and he convenes the modules Introduction to Democratic Government and Comparative European Politics.
In Düsseldorf, he convened and taught the MA course Populism in 21st century Europe. Before coming to Loughborough, Stijn supervised BA theses at the VU University Amsterdam and taught at the Radboud University Nijmegen. As an Associate Tutor at Sussex, Stijn has taught on several courses across the fields of comparative politics, research methods and political theory.
- S. van Kessel (2015) Populist Parties in Europe. Agents of Discontent?, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
- S. van Kessel and R. Castelein (forthcoming, 2016) ‘Shifting the blame. Populist politicians’ use of Twitter as a tool of opposition’, Journal of Contemporary European Research, 12 (2).
- S. van Kessel (2014) ‘The populist cat-dog. Applying the concept of populism to contemporary European party systems’, Journal of Political Ideologies, 19 (1), 99–118.
- S. van Kessel (2013) ‘A matter of supply and demand: the electoral performance of populist parties in three European countries’, Government and Opposition, 48 (2), 175-199.
- S. van Kessel (2011) ‘Explaining the electoral performance of populist parties: the Netherlands as a case study’, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 12 (1), 68-88.
- T. Bale, S. van Kessel and P. Taggart (2011) 'Thrown around with abandon? Popular understandings of populism as conveyed by the print media: a UK case study', Acta Politica, 46 (2), 111-131.
- S. van Kessel (forthcoming) ‘Using faith to exclude: The role of religion in Dutch populism’,in: N. Marzouki, D. McDonnell and O. Roy (eds.), Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion, London: Hurst
- S. van Kessel (2015) ‘Dutch Populism during the Crisis’, in: H. Kriesi and T. Pappas (eds.), Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession, Colchester: ECPR Press.
- K. Abts and S. van Kessel (2015) ‘Populism’, in: J. Wright (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, Kidlington: Elsevier.
- T. Bale, D. Hough and S. van Kessel (2012) ‘In or out of proportion? Labour and social democratic parties’ responses to the radical right’, in: J. Rydgren (ed.) Class Politics and the Radical Right, Oxon: Routledge, 91-106.
A complete list of publications, as well as Stijn’s CV, can be found on http://lboro.academia.edu/StijnvanKessel