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Prof. B.M. (Brian) Burgoon

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Political Economy and Transnational Governance
  • Visiting address
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: B8.05
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15578
    1001 NB  Amsterdam
    T: 0205253189
    T: 0205252262


Brian Burgoon is Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He is also Academic Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the UvA. He received his PhD from MIT in 1998 and has been on the UvA faculty since 2001. His research focuses on the politics of economic globalization; of welfare and labor-market policies and standards; and of how economic conditions influence political conflict. 

Burgoon Inaugural Address (June 6, 2013)

Current Position

  • Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy at the Dept. of Political Science, UvA.
  • Academic Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR).
  • Member of AISSR Programme Group, Political Economy and Transnational Governance (PETGOV),
  • Member of Amsterdam Center for Inequality Studies (AMCIS). 
  • Member of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES).
  • Member and Co-Theme Leader (with Anton Hemerijck) of UvA-VU ACCESS Europe.  
  • Secretary and Treasurer (of Board of Directors), Dialogue Advisory Group (DAG)


  • PhD in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1998

Running Projects

  • International Migration Policy and Law Analysis (IMPALA) Database. Multi-university data-gathering project to code the form and stringency of immigration laws and policies across OECD countries since 1960.  Project partners are Harvard University, University of Luxembourg, London School of Economics (LSE) and University of Sydney.
  • Political Responses to Globalization Survey. Multi-country survey project focused on attitudes about trade,investment and immigration through matching surveys conducted among workers, business-owners, trade association and union representatives, and legislators.
  • Human Rights Promotion and Violent Conflict. Large-N and ethnographic-case study of how promotion of human rights in conflict situations affects the development and resolution of acute civil conflicts. With Ram Manikkalingam, Andrea Ruggeri and Willem Schudel. Funded by the Dutch National Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
  • European Legitimacy in Governing through Hard Times (ENLIGHTEN). EU Horizon 2020 project exploring the ways in which the EU’s modes of governance cope with hard times on short-term and long-term issues (UvA contributions led by Daniel Muegge). My contribution focuses on migration and youth unemployment.

Selected Publications

Selected unpublished papers and dissertation


  • Kernmodule InternationaleBetrekkingen (Core Course on International Relations)
  • Methodology Clinic for PhD students (withAnnette Freyberg-Inan)
  • Political Economy of Conflict (with Andrea Ruggeri)
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Politics of Immigration (with Marcel van Egmond)
  • Politics of Globalization
  • Labor Institutions and Globalization (with Jelle Visser)
  • Gevolgen van Welvaartsstaten (Consequences of Welfare States) (with Robert van der Veen)
  • Onderzoeksmodule (BA Honoursprogramma)

Supplementary and Replication Material

See journal web-links, or below


  • Rooduijn, M., & Burgoon, B. (2017). The Paradox of Wellbeing: Do Unfavorable Socioeconomic and Sociocultural Contexts Deepen or Dampen Radical Left and Right Voting Among the Less Well-Off? Comparative Political Studies. DOI: 10.1177/0010414017720707 
  • Rooduijn, M., Burgoon, B. M., van Elsas, E. J., & van de Werfhorst, H. G. (2017). Radical Distinction: Support for Radical Left and Radical Right Parties in Europe. European Union Politics. DOI: 10.1177/1465116517718091 
  • Burgoon, B., Oliver, T., & Trubowitz, P. (2017). Globalization, domestic politics, and transatlantic relations. International Politics, 54(4), 420-433. DOI: 10.1057/s41311-017-0040-1  [details] 
  • Burgoon, B., & Fransen, L. (2017). Support for Ethical Consumerism and Welfare States in the Global Economy: Complements or Substitutes? Global Policy, 8(S3), 42-55. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12407 
  • Fransen, L., & Burgoon, B. (2017). Public and Private Labor Standards Policy in the Global Economy. Global Policy, 8(S3), 5-14. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12406 
  • Burgoon, B., & Fransen, L. (2017). Might Corporate Social Responsibility Hollow-out Public Assistance in Europe? British Journal of Industrial Relations. DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12227 
  • Burgoon, B. M. (in press). Practical Pluralism in the Empirical Study of Social Investment: Examples from Active Labor Market Policy. In A. Hemerijck (Ed.), The Uses of Social Investment. Oxford University Press.


  • Steijn, S. R., van de Werfhorst, H. G., & Burgoon, B. M. (2016). Oordelen over het meritocratische gehalte van de Nederlandse samenleving. In P. de Beer, & M. van Pinxteren (Eds.), Meritocratie. Op weg naar een nieuwe klassensamenleving? (pp. 199-207). Amsterdam University Press.
  • Beine, M., Boucher, A., Burgoon, B., Crock, M., Gest, J., Hiscox, M., ... Thielemann, E. (2016). Comparing immigration policies: an overview from the IMPALA database. The International Migration Review, 50(4), 827-863. DOI: 10.1111/imre.12169  [details] 


  • Burgoon, B., Ruggeri, A., Schudel, W., & Manikkalingam, R. (2015). From media attention to negotiated peace: human rights reporting and civil war duration. International Interactions, 41(2), 226-255. DOI: 10.1080/03050629.2014.942898  [details] 
  • Fransen, L., & Burgoon, B. (2015). Global labour-standards advocacy by European civil society organisations: trends and developments. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(2), 204-230. DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12017  [details] 
  • Raess, D., & Burgoon, B. (2015). Flexible work and immigration in Europe. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(1), 94-111. DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12022  [details] 
  • Beine, M., Burgoon, B. M., Crock, M., Gest, J., Hiscox, M., McGovern, P., ... Thielemann, E. (2015). Measuring immigration policies: preliminary evidence from IMPALA. CESifo Economic Studies, 61(3), 527-559. DOI: 10.1093/cesifo/ifu038  [details] 


  • Burgoon, B. (2014). Immigration, integration and support for redistribution in Europe. World Politics, 66(3), 365-405. DOI: 10.1017/S0043887114000100  [details] 
  • Burgoon, B., & Raess, D. (2014). Chinese investment and European labor: should and do workers fear Chinese FDI? Asia Europe Journal, 12(1-2), 179-197. DOI: 10.1007/s10308-014-0378-6  [details] 
  • Fransen, L. W., & Burgoon, B. (2014). Privatizing or socializing corporate responsibility: business participation in voluntary programs. Business & Society, 53(4), 583-619. DOI: 10.1177/0007650313475784  [details] 
  • Andersen, R., Burgoon, B., & van de Werfhorst, H. (2014). Inequality, legitimacy and the political system. In W. Salverda, B. Nolan, D. Checchi, I. Marx, A. McKnight, I. G. Tóth, & H. van de Werfhorst (Eds.), Changing inequalities in rich countries: analytical and comparative perspectives. (pp. 218-238). Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687435.003.0009  [details] 
  • Gest, J., Boucher, A., Challen, S., Burgoon, B. M., Thielemann, E., Beine, M., ... Hiscox, M. (2014). Measuring and comparing immigration, asylum and naturalization policies across countries: challenges and solutions. Global Policy, 5(3), 261-274. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12132  [details] 
  • Meunier, S., Burgoon, B., & Jacoby, W. (2014). The politics of hosting Chinese investment in Europe—an introduction. Asia Europe Journal, 12(1-2), 109-126. DOI: 10.1007/s10308-014-0381-y  [details] 



  • Burgoon, B. (2012). Partisan embedding of liberalism: how trade, investment, and immigration affect party support for the welfare state. Comparative Political Studies, 45(5), 606-635. DOI: 10.1177/0010414011427132  [details] 
  • Burgoon, B., Demetriades, P., & Underhill, G. R. D. (2012). Sources and legitimacy of financial liberalization. European Journal of Political Economy, 28(2), 147-161. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2011.10.003  [details] 
  • Burgoon, B., Koster, F., & van Egmond, M. (2012). Support for redistribution and the paradox of immigration. Journal of European Social Policy, 22(3), 288-304. DOI: 10.1177/0958928712440198  [details] 
  • Fransen, L., & Burgoon, B. (2012). A market for worker rights: explaining business support for international private labour regulation. Review of International Political Economy, 19(2), 236-266. DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2011.552788  [details] 
  • Ruggeri, A., & Burgoon, B. (2012). Human rights "naming & shaming" and civil war violence. Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, 18(3). DOI: 10.1515/peps-2012-0014  [details] 


  • Burgoon, B., & Raess, D. (2011). Does the global economy mean more sweat? Trade, investment, migration and working hours in Europe. Socio-Economic Review, 9(4), 699-727. DOI: 10.1093/ser/mwr007  [details] 
  • Lancee, B., Burgoon, B., Corneo, G., Horn, D., Medgyesi, M., & van de Werfhorst, H. (2011). Political and cultural impacts of inequality. In W. Salverda (Ed.), Inequalities' impacts (pp. 133-140). (GINI State of the Art Review; No. 1). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Institute for Advanced labour Studies, University of Amsterdam. [details] 


  • Burgoon, B. (2010). Betwixt and between?: the European Union’s redistributive management of globalization. Journal of European Public Policy, 17(3), 433-448. DOI: 10.1080/13501761003661893  [details] 
  • Burgoon, B., & Dekker, F. (2010). Flexible employment, economic insecurity and social policy preferences in Europe. Journal of European Social Policy, 20(2), 126-141. DOI: 10.1177/0958928709358789  [details] 
  • Burgoon, B., Fine, J., Jacoby, W., & Tichenor, D. (2010). Immigration and the transformation of American unionism. The International Migration Review, 44(4), 933-973. DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-7379.2010.00831.x  [details] 


  • Burgoon, B. (2009). Globalization and political-economic backlash: Polanyi’s revenge? Review of International Political Economy, 16(2), 145-177. DOI: 10.1080/09692290802408832  [details] 
  • Burgoon, B. (2009). Social nation, social Europe: support for national and supranational welfare compensation in Europe. European Union Politics, 10(4), 427-455. DOI: 10.1177/1465116509346381  [details] 
  • Burgoon, B. (2009). The distinct politics of the European Union’s 'fair trade' linkage to labour standards. European Foreign Affairs Review, 14(5), 643-661. [details] 
  • Burgoon, B., & Raess, D. (2009). Globalization and working time: working hours and flexibility in Germany. Politics & Society, 37(4), 554-575. DOI: 10.1177/0032329209349224  [details] 


  • Burgoon, B. M. (2017). When it comes to globalisation, not all radicalisms are created equal. In T. Beck, & G. Underhill (Eds.), Quo Vadis? Identity, policy and the future of the European Union: VOXEU Book. (pp. 47-54). (VOX EU Book Series). CEPR Press.


  • Hemerijck, A. C., Burgoon, B. M., di Pietro, A., & Vydra, S. (2016). Assessing Social Investment Synergies (ASIS). European Commission. DOI: 10.2767/282207 


  • Crock, M., Hiscox, M., Beine, M., Burgoon, B., Thielemann, E., Gest, J., ... Schaper, J. (2015). Law as an agent of social transformation: trends in the legal regulation of migration. In S. Castles, D. Ozkul, & M. Arias Cubas (Eds.), Social transformation and migration: national and local experiences in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico and Australia. (pp. 269-282). (Migration, diasporas and citizenship). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9781137474957.0028  [details] 


  • Burgoon, B., Ruggeri, A., & Manikkalingam, R. (2014). Human rights promotion, the media and peacemaking in Africa. In C. K. W. de Dreu (Ed.), Social conflict within and between groups (pp. 131-150). (Current issues in social psychology). London [etc.]: Psychology Press. [details] 


  • Burgoon, B., Demetriades, P., & Underhill, G. (2012). Bronnen en legitimiteit van financiële liberalisering. Res Publica, 54(3), 391-394. [details] 
  • van de Werfhorst, H., Tóth, I. G., Horn, D., Medgyesi, M., Notten, N., Haas, C., & Burgoon, B. (2012). Political and cultural impacts of growing inequalities. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Institute for Advanced labour Studies, University of Amsterdam. [details] 


  • Burgoon, B. M., de Goede, M., Glasius, M. E., & Schliesser, E. S. (2017). Too Big to Innovate: The Sense and Nonsense of Big Programmatic Research. In B. de Graaf, A. Rinooy Kan, & H. Moolenaar (Eds.), The Dutch National Research Agenda in Perspective: A Reflection on Research and Science Policy in Practice Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.


  • Burgoon, B. (2009). [Review of: I. Shapiro (2007) Containment: rebuilding a strategy against global terror]. Acta Politica, 44(2), 337-341. DOI: 10.1057/ap.2009.2  [details] 


  • Burgoon, B., Demetriades, P., & Underhill, G. (2008). Financial liberalisation and political variables: A response to Abiad and Mody. (Working paper / University of Leicester, Department of Economics; No. 08/30). Leicester: University of Leicester. [details] 


  • Burgoon, B. M., & Schaper, J. C. (2012). Welfare States and Support for Immigration in Europe. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, .
  • Fransen, L. W., & Burgoon, B. M. (2012). Global labor-standards advocacy by European Civil Society Organizations: trends and developments. Abstract from Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, .


  • Burgoon, B. M. (2011). Inmmigration, Integration and Support for Government Redistribution in Europe. Paper presented at Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting (Chicago, Ill), .
  • Burgoon, B. M. (2011). Partisanship and Anti-globalization Packlash. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal (Canada), .
  • Burgoon, B. M., & Hiscox, M. (2011). The strange politics of compensation: individual attitudes on trade adjustment assistance in the United States. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle Washington (USA), .
  • Burgoon, B. M., & Schudel, C. J. W. (2011). The Political Economy of Aid and Foreign Direct Investment. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal (Canada), .
  • Burgoon, B. M., Schudel, C. J. W., & Manikkalingam, R. (2011). Naming, Shaming and Peacemaking: Civil War and Media Coverage of Human Rights Violations. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal (Canada), .
  • Burgoon, B. M., Schudel, C. J. W., Manikkalingam, R., & Ruggeri, A. (2011). From Naming and Shaming to Negotiated Peace: Civil War and Media Coverage of Human Rights Violations. Paper presented at Network of European Peace Scientist's Annual Conference, Amsterdam (NL), .


  • Burgoon, B. M., & Raess, D. (2010). Flexible Work in Globalized Europe. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association Washington DC (USA), .


  • Lim, S.J. & Burgoon, B.M. (2017): 2017 EHESS / Fondation France-Japon Best Paper Award for 'Globalization and Support for Unemployment Spending in Asia: Do Asian Citizens Want to Embed Liberalism?'.

Scientific position

  • Burgoon, B.M. (2012): Member of four-member Editorial Committee of 'Changing Welfare States' book series, Amsterdam University Press.
  • Burgoon, B.M. (2011-2015): Member International Advisory Board, Review of International Political Economy.
  • Burgoon, B.M. (2011-2012): International Advisory Board
    Member of International Advisory Board of 'Review of International Political Economy' (2011-), 'Review of International Political Economy'.
  • Burgoon, B.M., Schudel, C.J.W. & Ruggeri, A. (2011-2012): Host and Co-organizer, Network of European Peace Scientists (Annual Meeting).
  • Burgoon, B.M. (2009): Secretary-Treasurer and Member of Board of Directors, Dialogue Advisory Group (Amsterdam / New York), Offices and Boards in both Amsterdam and New York.
  • Burgoon, B.M. (2008-2009): Member Beste Dataset Award Committee, American Political Science Association.

Media appearance

  • Burgoon, Brian (13-05-2017): Al sinds haar 25ste zit Fleur dagelijks met terroristen om tafel [Print] De Volkskrant. Al sinds haar 25ste zit Fleur dagelijks met terroristen om tafel (Volkskrant).

Journal editor

  • Burgoon, B.M. (editor) (2009): ASSR Working Paper Series (Journal).

Talk / presentation

  • Burgoon, B.M. (invited speaker) (2012): Inequality and Anti-globalization Backlash, Columbia University Department of Political Science Invited Speaker Series.
  • Burgoon, B.M. (invited speaker) (2012): Chinese FDI and European Labor, Princeton University Department of Politics workshop on the European Politics of Chinese FDI.
  • Burgoon, B.M. (invited speaker) (14-2-2011): Immigration, Integration and Support for Government Redistribution in Europe, CEACS Invited Speaker Series, Juan March Institute, Madrid.


  • van Hooren, Franca (organiser) & Burgoon, B.M. (organiser) (5-6-2015): Political Economy and the New Welfare State (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Burgoon, B.M. (organiser) & Meunier, S. (organiser) (1-11-2012): Special Issue "The Politics of Chinese FDI in Europe", Princeton (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Burgoon, B.M. (organiser) & Underhill, G.R.D. (organiser) (21-6-2012 - 22-6-2012): Research Workshop, Johns Hopkins University Bologna Centre, School of Advanced International Studies (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Burgoon, B.M. (organiser) (1-6-2012): Workshop over Immigration and Welfare (als onderdeel van PEGGED project), Brussel (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Burgoon, B.M. (organiser) & Jacoby, W. (organiser) (1-6-2012): Special Issue "The Politics of Chinese FDI in Europe", Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Burgoon, B.M. (participant), Schudel, C.J.W. (participant) & Ruggeri, A. (participant) (2011): European Peace Science Association, Annual Conference June 2011 (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).


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  • Dialogue Advisory Group (DAG)
    Member Board of Directors, Project Mediator

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