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Back to Campus: The Day After the Elections

On March 16, 2017 Tilburg University presents the alumni event Back to Campus: The Day After the Elections.

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On March 15th the National Elections take place in the Netherlands. On the day after these elections, on the 16th of March, Tilburg University has organized a Back to Campus event for our alumni. Did the polls make a correct prediction? What is the story behind our voting behavior? A group of experts will reflect on the results and put in perspective what this means for the coming years.

19.00 Registration and Networking - Coffee and tea
19.30 Opening
19.45 Parallel Sessions:
'Farewell to the leftist working class', by prof. Peter Achterberg
'What the Polls Predicted' by prof. Arthur van Soest & dr. Jochem de Bresser and prof. Harald Benink
'Wetenschap en praktijk', by dr. Julien van Ostaaijen and Marieke Moorman (in Dutch)
21.00 Drinks and Networking

Parallel Sessions

Farewell to the leftist working class

For decades on end, members of the lower socio-economic strata have been voting for leftist parties in many Western countries. These conventional class-party ties have come to an end, puzzling many political commentators. Instead of voting for a leftist party, the working classes’ preferences have shifted towards populist parties like PVV, VlaamsBelang, FPO, and UKIP.
In this lecture, Prof. Peter Achterberg will discuss the reasoning behind this. More specifically, he will discuss three questions:

  1. What explains the rise of radical right-wing political parties?
  2. What explains the voting preferences of the working classes?
  3. Why have these changed in time?

What the Polls Predicted

Reliable Polls

Prof. Arthur van Soest and Jochem de Bresser, PhD (Department of Econometrics and Operations Research) will explain what ingredients are needed for a reliable poll. In addition, they have used the LISS panel to make predictions about 'our' voting behavior. This way of polling differs from the traditional ways.

The Outcome

The day after the elections we will know if the polls made the right predictions. But what will these results mean for The Netherlands? To answer this question Prof. Harald Benink will give his interpretation of the results of the elections and will look ahead at possible coalitions and their perspective policy choices.

Wetenschap en praktijk

In Dutch

Dr. Julien van Ostaaijen en alumna Marieke Moorman zullen reflecteren op de nationale verkiezingen. Met hun gezamenlijke ervaring in de wetenschap en het lokaal bestuur zullen zij vervolgens in het licht van de verkiezingen (en in het algemeen) de relatie tussen lokaal en landelijk bestuur analyseren.

Peter Achterberg

Peter Achterberg

Peter Achterberg is professor of sociology at Tilburg University. Peter is a cultural sociologist with a general interest in studying cultural, political, and religious change in the West. Much of his work deals with the question of how people attribute meaning to the changing world surrounding them, whether these meanings have consequences for their behavior, and, of course, how these (changing and differing) meanings can be explained.

Harald Benink

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Harald Benink is professor of banking and finance at the Tilburg University. Harald focuses on the stability of the financial system and in particular the regulation and supervision of the financial sector. He is also the founder of a shadow committee in which a number of prominent economists examine recommendations in the area of financial regulation. Harald is also an Economics alumnus.

Arthur van Soest

Artur van soest

Arthur van Soest is a professor of Econometrics at Tilburg University. His research areas include micro-econometrics, labor, consumption and saving behavior, economic psychology, aging and retirement and developing economies. As scientific advisor, he also works for Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement. Van Soest is also linked to the research RAND (Santa Monica), IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor) in Bonn, DIW (German Institute for Economic Research) in Berlin and the University of Sankt Gallen.

Jochem de Bresser

Jochem de Bresser

Jochem’s research focusses on the field of applied econometrics. He currently is looking at the influence of expectations on economic behaviour. The elderly for example base their decision on wether to spend money or save it on their life expectancy. But how can we use those expecations succesfully in economic models? For his research Jochem uses large datasets that track households over a long period of time. He is currently working on using his experience with data from the LISS-panel to predict the outcome of the National Elections.

Julien van Ostaaijen

Julien van Ostaaijen

Julien van Ostaaijen has been working as a Public Administrative Researcher (PhD in 2010) for over 10 years. He is connected to the Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration and the 'Rekenkamercommissie' Zundert. In his research he connects science and Public administrative practice. His substantive expertise focusses on local governance and populism.

Marieke Moorman

Marieke moorman

Alumna Marieke Moorman is a Dutch politician for the Labour Party (PvdA). In 2006 she became part of the city council in Tilburg. In 2013 she was named mayor of Bernheze. She is also president of the association of muncipalities in Brabant. Marieke studied Policy and Organization Studies at Tilburg University.

When: 16 March 2017 19:00

Price: free