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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Pieter van Houten is Lecturer in the POLIS department, where he teaches comparative politics, European politics and research methods. His research interests focus primarily on territorial politics (especially regional autonomy movements and regional parties) and state development in Western Europe, as well as post-conflict reconstruction in the Balkans. He currently directs the YouGov-Cambridge Programme in Public Opinion Research. He has a PhD and MA from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Amsterdam.

Post-graduate supervision interests

Comparative politics, ideally with a focus on Europe and on topics related to territorial politics (federalism, decentralisation, regional autonomy movements, secessionism) and state building and development; applications of rational choice and game theory, quantitative methods.


Key publications: 
  • ‘Economic Regionalism in Federal and Hybrid States’, in John Loughlin, John Kincaid and Wilfried Swenden (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Regionalism and Federalism (London: Routledge, 2013)
  • ‘International Negotiations on Kosovo,” in Amrita Narlikar (ed), Deadlocks in Multilateral Negotiations: Causes and Solutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • ‘Know the Enemy: Uncertainty and Deadlock in the WTO’ (with Amrita Narlikar), in Amrita Narlikar (ed), Deadlocks in Multilateral Negotiations: Causes and Solutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • ‘Multi-Level Relations in Political Parties: A Delegation Approach,’ Party Politics, 15, 2 (March 2009), pp. 137-156.
  • ‘The World Bank's (Post-)Conflict Agenda: The Challenge of Integrating Development and Security,’ Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 20, 4 (December 2007), pp. 639-657.
  • ‘Regionalist Challenges to European States: A Quantitative Assessment,’ Ethnopolitics, 6, 4 (November 2007), pp. 545-568.
  • ‘A National Party in a Regional Party System: The PSC-PSOE in Catalonia’ (with Elisa Roller), Regional and Federal Studies, 13, 3 (Autumn 2003), pp. 1-21.
  • ‘Globalization and Demands for Regional Autonomy in Europe,’ in Miles A. Kahler and David Lake (eds), Governance in a Global Economy: Political Authority in Transition (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003).
  • ‘The Role of a Minority's Reference State in Ethnic Relations,’ Archives européenes de sociologie, 39 (Spring 1998), pp. 110-146.
University Teaching Officer
Office hours: Tuesdays 10.30am- 12.00pm, or appointment by email
Dr Pieter  van Houten

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