Jan Beetz

Jan Pieter Beetz BSc, BA, MSc, MA (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Ph.D. (Exeter)



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Jan Pieter Beetz is a Postdoctoral Researcher at ACCESS EUROPE situated at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the VU University Amsterdam. His research aims to rethink statist political concepts to suit the transnational nature of the EU-polity, and make theoretical sense of novel empirical developments in this sui generis polity. His most recent article 'Stuck on the Rubicon?' was published in the Journal of European Public Policy.

During his time at ACCESS EUROPE, Jan Pieter will work on two projects.  Firstly, he continues his work into the contemporary conceptions of popular sovereignty and their normative relevance for the EU legitimacy debate. In this, he argues in favour of a demoicratic reconceptualization, which justifies direct participation of national parliaments in European decision-making procedures.  The second project develops a transnational conception of democratic accountability grounded in a proper relationship between politics and administration in Europe’s transnational context.

Jan Pieter read Public Administration (BSc, MSc) and Philosophy of Science (BA, MA) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Politics by the University of Exeter. During his doctoral studies, he held visiting positions at the UC, Berkeley and the University of Amsterdam. Before starting as postdoctoral researcher, he was a Teaching Fellow in Public Administration at Leiden University.