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Inaugural Speech by Van Doorn Fellow Mark Bovens

What is the impact of differences in levels of education on political behaviour and attitude? Do we witness the rise of a new cultural, political cleavage in western societies, based on educational levels? On 21 June, Van Doorn Fellow Mark Bovens, will explore these question in his Inaugural Speech, accepting the very first Van Doorn Chair at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Lecture will start at 16.00.


About Van Doorn

The Van Doorn Chair and Fellowship have been initiated by Erasmus University and NIAS to honour the career of  Jacques van Doorn (1925–2008;), one of the most renowned and influential sociologists in the Netherlands. Prof. dr. J.A.A. van Doorn was Professor of Sociology, and  founder of the Department of Social Sciences and Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. The research policy set out by Professor Van Doorn is still leading. It focuses on a critical analysis of societal issues and theoretically innovative research, the results of which are highly relevant for social policy and for reflection on policy measures.


The Van Doorn Chair and Van Doorn Fellowship are a joint venture by Erasmus University Rotterdam and NIAS. Each year, an outstanding researcher will be invited to accept the Chair and Fellowship. He will participate in research activities at the Erasmus University, and spend a semester working on his own research project at NIAS. 


About Mark Bovens

Mark Bovens is Professor of Public Administration and Research Director at the Utrecht University School of Governance, and the Van Doorn Fellow 2011/12 at NIAS. In April he held a seminar on educational cleavages at NIAS.