mw. prof. dr. C.E. (Catherine) de Vries

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Challenges to Democratic Representation
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
    1018 WV  Amsterdam

Contact: -- For more information on publications and current research projects, see link to my personal website

Short Bio

Catherine de Vries is a Professor of European Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Lincoln College.  In addition, she is an affiliated Professor in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Previously, she held a Chair in Political Behavior at the University of Geneva, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), the European University Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studied political science at the University of Amsterdam and the Free University Berlin and conducted her dissertation research at the Free University Amsterdam and the University of North Carolina atChapel Hill. Her general research interests include comparative political behavior and public opinion, political parties and party strategy, European integration and quantitative research methodology. Her articles have appeared in journals such as British Journal of Political Science , Comparative Political Studies or the European Journal of Political Research . She has been awarded a VENI grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to conduct a cross-national study into the politicization of issues relating to European integration in national election campaigns from 1988 to 2008 (project runs from 01/01/09 to 31/12/12). 

Selection of Recent Publications

"Attitude Variability Among Latin American Publics: How Party System Structuration Affects Left/Right Ideology" with Imke Harbers and Marco Steenbergen, forthcoming in  Comparative Political Studies , 2013.

"Which Subconstituencies Reacted to Elite Polarization in the Netherlands? An Analysis of the Dutch Public's Policy Beliefs and Partisan Loyalities." With James Adams and Debra Leitner, British Journal of Political Science  Vol. 42 Nr. 1: 81-105, 2012.  

"Clarity of Responsibility Beyond the Pocketbook: How Political Institutions Condition EU Issue Voting." With Erica E. Edwards and Erik R. Tillman, Comparative Political Studies , Vol. 44, Nr. 3, pp. 339-363, 2011.

"Individual and Contextual Variation in EU Issue Voting: The Role of Political Information." With Wouter van der Brug, Marcel H. van Egmond and Cees van der Eijk, Electoral Studies , Vol. 30, Nr. 1, pp. 16-28, 2011.

"Reliability and Validity of the 2002 and 2006 Chapel Hill Expert Surveys on Party Positioning" with Liesbet Hooghe et al. European Journal of Political Research Vol. 49, Nr. 5, pp. 687-703, 2010.

"EU Issue Voting; Asset or Liability: How European Integration affects Parties' Electoral Fortunes" European Union Politics Vol. 11 Nr. 1, pp., 89-117, 2010.

"Taking Europe to Its Extremes: Extremist Parties and Public Euroskepticism." With Erica Edwards, Party Politics Vol. 15 Nr. 1, pp. 5-28, 2009.






  • B. Vis & C. de Vries (2009). Mannen en vrouwen omgeven door taaie instituties. Res Publica, 51 (4), 557-563.
  • C. de Vries & B. Vis (2009). Vrouwen in de wetenschap: cordon féminin of women on top? Res Publica, 51 (4), 537-557.
  • C.E. de Vries & E.E. Edwards (2009). Taking Europe to its extremes: extremist parties and public euroskepticism. Party Politics, 15 (1), 5-28.
  • C.E. de Vries (2009). The impact of EU referenda on national electoral politics: evidence from the Dutch case. West European Politics, 32 (1), 142-171.
  • C. Arnold & C.E. de Vries (2009). The influence of public opinion on policy dynamics: party and policy responsiveness in the European Union. In G. Capano & M. Howlett (Eds.), European and North American policy change: drivers and dynamics (Routledge/ECPR studies in European political science, 61) (pp. 133-150). Abingdon: Routledge.


  • W. van der Brug, D. van der Pas, M. van de Wardt, M. van Klingeren, C.H. de Vreese, S. de Lange, C.E. de Vries, H. Boomgaarden & R. Vliegenthart (2014). New lines of conflict: European integration and immigration. In C.K.W. de Dreu (Ed.), Social Conflict within and between Groups (pp. 151-165). London: Psychology Press.


  • I. Harbers, C.E. de Vries-Netjes & M.R. Steenbergen (2011). Much Ado about Nothing? Latin America’s Left Turn and the Variability of Left/Right Self-Placement. In Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago.



  • W. van der Brug, C. de Vries & J. van Spanje (2011). Nieuwe strijdpunten, nieuwe scheidslijnen? Politieke vertegenwoordiging in Nederland. In R. Andeweg & J. Thomassen (Eds.), Democratie doorgelicht: het functioneren van de Nederlandse democratie (pp. 283-300). Leiden: Leiden University Press.

Wetenschappelijke positie

  • C.E. de Vries (period: 2009 till 2009). Lid Jury Position at : Nederlandse Kring voor de Wwtenschap der Politiek (NKWP) Daniel Heinsius Scriptieprijs.


  • M. van de Wardt, C. de Vries & S. Hobolt (2012, May 31). ‘Exploiting the Cracks: Wedge Issues in Multiparty Competition’. Amsterdam, Paper presented at the Politicologenetmaal (May 31-June 1).
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