Photographer: Eelco Harteveld

dr. E. (Eelco) Harteveld

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15578
    1001 NB  Amsterdam

Eelco Harteveld is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam. He studies and teaches political behavior, with a focus on populism and polarization.

His PhD thesis (available here), written at the Universities of Amsterdam and Gothenburg (Sweden), was nominated for the 2016 Thesis Award of the Dutch-Flemish Political Science Association. Eelco has published in (among others) European Union Politics, West European Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, and European Sociological Review. In 2018 he received an NWO Veni grant for a research project on affective polarization in Europe.


Current research

His two current main research projects are the following.

  • Subnational context and radical right support in Europe (in collaboration with Wouter van der Brug, Sarah de Lange, and Tom van der Meer; funded by an NWO Open Research Area grant). The goal of this project is to understand how citizens' immediate context - such as their neighborhood or region - shapes their attitudes and political preferences, most importantly regional and local resentment and support for the populist radical right.
  • The causes and consequences of affective polarization (funded by an NWO Veni grant). This project aims to establish the causes and consequences of (as well as potential remedies against) affective polarization - increasing mutual hostility between citizens with opposing worldviews or political identities - in European democracies.




  • Dahlberg, S., & Harteveld, E. (2016). Left–right ideology as an inferential device in multiparty systems: Can citizens overcome low information by imputing parties' policy positions? Electoral Studies, 42, 175-187. DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2016.02.016  [details] 
  • Harteveld, E. (2016). Winning the ‘losers’ but losing the ‘winners’? The electoral consequences of the radical right moving to the economic left. Electoral Studies, 44, 225-234. [details] 


  • Harteveld, E., van der Brug, W., Dahlberg, S., & Kokkonen, A. (2015). The gender gap in populist radical-right voting: examining the demand side in Western and Eastern Europe. Patterns of Prejudice, 49(1-2), 103-134. DOI: 10.1080/0031322X.2015.1024399  [details] 
  • Kokkonen, A., Dahlberg, S., Harteveld, E., & van der Brug, W. (2015). Group gender composition and tolerance of immigrants' rights. European Sociological Review, 31(1), 65-76. DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcu082  [details] 


  • Harteveld, E., van der Meer, T., & de Vries, C. E. (2013). In Europe we trust? Exploring three logics of trust in the European Union. European Union Politics, 14(4), 542-565. DOI: 10.1177/1465116513491018  [details] 


  • Harteveld, E. (2018). From ‘disagree’ to ‘disapprove’: the origins and consequences of affective polarization in Europe (NWO-Veni Grant).
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