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Studying interest representation in the 21st century: why and how?

Inaugural lecture by Prof. dr. Jan Beyers, Francqui Research Professor 2015 - 2018

Jan Beyers is Full Professor of Political Science at the University of Antwerp (Department of Political Science) and the Director of the Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics (ACIM). The next three years (2016-2019), he carries the title ‘Francqui Research Professor’.

His research and teaching covers institutional theories, comparative and international politics, European Union politics, interest groups and research methods. His current research projects are funded by the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO-V), the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the European Research Council (ERC). Basically, all his research projects analyze how organized interests adapt to multi-level political opportunities in terms of their internal organization, political strategies as well as their programmatic policy agenda. His research agenda covers topics such as multi-level venue-shopping, EU-level territorial lobbying as well as the population ecology of group politics. In the inaugural lecture, Jan Beyers will clarify why it is – from a normative perspective - important to study interest representation and how we can advance political science research in this area.

Jan Beyers studied political science at the University of Antwerp (1989 – 1992) and statistics at the Catholic University of Brussels (1995-1997). He defended his PhD (in 2000) at the University of Leuven (Department of Political Science). After his PhD he received a post-doctoral grant from the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders. In 2003, he became Assistant Professor and in 2005 Associate Professor at Leiden University (The Netherlands) where he taught European and international politics. H held visiting positions at Agder University (Norway), ARENA, University of Oslo (in 2002-2003), the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna (2009), the Australian National University (2013) and the European University Institute (EUI) (2014). With Christine Mahoney he chaired the ECPR Standing Group on Interest Groups (2008-2013). Since 2014, he is co-editor of the journal Interest Groups and Advocacy. More information on his current work is available at and at twitter (@JanBeyers2). 


Thursday 14 April 2016 at 4 p.m. 

Universiteit Antwerpen 
Stadscampus – Promotiezaal Grauwzusters 
Lange Sint-Annastraat 7 
2000 Antwerp

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