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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Pieter van Houten is an Associate Professor (Teaching) in the POLIS department, where he teaches comparative politics, European politics and research methods. His past research interests focused 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 has a PhD and MA from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Amsterdam.

He has supervised postgraduate students on a variety of topics, including territorial and party politics in Europe, state building and development, ethnic conflict, and applications of game theory and quantitative methods. He is currently not accepting new PhD students.

He chairs the Degree Committee and the Ethics, Risk and Fieldwork (ERF) Committee in the POLIS department. He is a member of the University Council and the university’s General Board.


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.
Associate Professor (Teaching)
University Teaching Officer
Fellow, Churchill College

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