Ben Crum


Department of Political Science

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


De Boelelaan 1081

1081 HV  Amsterdam

The Netherlands


Tel +31 20 5986821

Fax +31 20 5986821



Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures

-    with E. Miklin, ‘Specifying the Terms of Engagement between Demoi: The Services Directive in the EU’s Multilevel Parliamentary Field’, Paper presented at the RECON WP3 Workshop on Representative Theory, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 22 May 2009 and at the 5th ECPR General Conference, Potsdam, 10-12 September 2009.

-    ‘Is the EU Better off without Formal Constitution-Making?’, Paper presented at RECON WP2 Workshop ‘With or Without Lisbon: Continuous Institutional Change in the EU’, Amsterdam 15/16 May 2009.

-    ‘Reconceiving Democratic Constitutionalism for Multi-National Polities: Do the Cases of the EU and Canada Point in Similar Directions?’, Paper presented at the RECON WP2 Workshop ‘Lessons from Europe’s and Canada’s Constitutional Experiences’, Oslo, 20-21 March 2009.

-    with Saskia Hollander & Stijn van Kessel, ‘Parties and Public deliberation on EU Issues’, Guest lecture at the Universiteit Antwerpen, 29 October 2008.

-    ‘Accountability and Personalisation of the European Council Presidency’, Paper presented at the Symposium on ‘(Re)assessing the Value of the European Union Council Presidency’, Oxford University, 10 and 11 October 2007; at the Colloquium on ‘Les présidences de l’Union européenne en redéfinition: Quelle légitimité? Quelle efficacité?’ at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, 29 April 2008; and at Annual Meeting of Flemish and Dutch Political Scientists, 29/30 May 2008 in Nijmegen (NL).

-    Invited lecture on ‘The Failed Constitutionalisation of the EU’, Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg (NL), 18 September 2007.

-    with John Erik Fossum, ‘The Multilevel Parliamentary Field. A Framework for Theorizing Representative Democracy in the European Union’, Paper presented at the RECON WP3-workshop on Representation and Institutional Make-up. Brussels, 15-16 June 2007; at the 4th ECPR General Conference Pisa, 6-8 September 2007; and at the RECON workshop ‘RECON models applied’ at ARENA, University of Oslo, 25 April 2008.

-    with Saskia Hollander & Stijn van Kessel, ‘Why there is (also) No Domestic Public Opinion on Europe: Three Case-Studies from The Netherlands’, Paper presented at the EUSA Tenth Biennial International Conference, Montreal, Canada 17-19 May 2007 and at the Annual Convention of Flemish and Dutch Political Scientists (‘Politicologenetmaal’) in Antwerp, Belgium 31 May and 1 June 2007.

-    ‘Connecting National and Supranational Democracy: Lessons from the Making of the EU Constitutional Treaty’, Paper presented at the EUSA Tenth Biennial International Conference, Montreal, Canada 17-19 May 2007.

-   Constitutionalising Multilevel Democracy: Dynamics, Formalities and Ideals’, Presentation for the RECON Kick-off Conference, Oslo, 26 January 2007.

-   ‘The EU Constitutional Treaty in the Netherlands: Could a better embedding have made a difference?’, presented at the ‘Europe in the Netherlands’ workshop of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), 7/8 July 2006.

-    ‘Can the EU Presidency Make its Mark on Interstate Bargains? The Italian and Irish Presidencies of the 2003-2004 IGC’, paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Dutch Political Science Association, Den Haag (NL), 18/19 May 2006.

-    ‘Euroscepticism as a Carrier of Elite-Mass Incongruence: The Case of The Netherlands’ (co-authored with H. Binnema), Paper presented at the International Colloquium ‘Resisting Europe. Euroscepticism and national civic cultures’, CEVIPOL/Université Libre de Bruxelles, 16/17 March 2006 and at ‘The European Constitutional Treaty: The Process of Ratification and the Actors of the European Public Space’, International Symposium, Luxembourg, May 8th -9th, 2006.

-    ‘Can the EU be democratic? Lessons from the Constitutional Process .... and its failure’, Paper presented at ‘What now? The EU at a crossroads’, ARENA Conference, Oslo, 25 November 2005.

-    ‘The EU Constitutional Process: A Failure of Political Representation?', Paper presented at the Annual NIG Work Conference, Nijmegen, 11 November 2005 and at the 4th ECPR General Conference Pisa, 6-8 September 2007..

-    ‘Confusing Cues: Competition and Collusion of Party Strategies in Referendums on the EU Constitution’, Paper for the ‘Debating the European Constitution’ workshop at the epsNet 2005 Plenary Conference, Paris, 17/18 June 2005 and for the ‘Euroskepticism’ Conference, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1/2/ July 2005.

-     ‘Getting the Constitution into Shape. A Comparison of the Strategies of the two IGC 2003-2004 Presidencies’, Paper presented at the 2005 ECPR Joint Sessions, Granada, 14-19 April 2005.

-     ‘Can Governance and Government be Reconciled? The EU Constitution and the efficacy of EU policy-making’, Paper presented at the 2004 Maastricht Forum on European Integration ‘Making the Constitution Work’, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), Maastricht, 19 November 2004.

-     ‘The European Institutions: Supra-National and Sovereign?’, Presentation at the European Seminar ‘European Construction, Peace And Democracy’, organized by the Coordination Nationale D'Action pour la Paix et la Démocratie (CNAPD), Brussels, 22 October 2004 (invited).

-     ‘The draft Constitution for the European Union: Founding moment or muddling through (again)?’, Lecture in the framework of ‘The international dimension week’, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 23 September 2004.

-     ‘“United in Diversity”: European Citizenship after the EU Constitution’, Paper presented at the Workshop ‘Debates on European and Arab Identity. Comparative Approaches’, Center for European Studies, Cairo University, 14-15 September 2004.

-     ‘The Constitutional Idea of a “European Union of Citizens and States”’, paper presented at European Lecture series, University of Victoria, 14 June 2004 and at the conference ‘Popular Sovereignty and Democracy in Multi-National and Poly-Ethnic Entities. Constitutional processes in Canada and the EU compared’, University of Århus, 17 April 2004.

-     ‘Making sense of Suigenericity’, Response to Prof. N. MacCormick, ‘A New European Grundnorm?’, Chaire Hoover de philosophie politique et sociale à l’Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, 4 December 2003.

-     ‘Genesis and Assessment of the Grand Institutional Deal of the European Convention’, paper for the Cinquième Journée d’étude du Group Européene de l’Association Française de Science Politique, Institute d’Études Européens à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, 21 November 2003 (invited); also presented at Prof. Th. Jans’ Future of the EU class at the Free University Brussels (VUB) on 19 November 2003.

-     ‘“Throwing the Rascals Out” The European Convention and the prospects for representative democracy’, paper presented at the Conference on ‘Deliberative Constitutional Politics in the EU’ of the EU/FP5 CIDEL-project in Albarracín (Zaragoza), 19-22 June 2003 (invited) and at the Chaire Hoover de philosophie politique et sociale à l’Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, 19 December 2002.

-     ‘Justifying the European project’, working paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Dutch Political Science Association, Dordrecht (NL), 22-23 May 2003.

-     ‘Vertegenwoordigende Democratie in de Europese Unie’, paper presented at the Conference of the Netherlands Scientific Council of Government Policy (WRR) on “The Dutch Voice in the European Convention”, The Hague, 21 May 2003 (invited).

-     ‘Output Legitimacy of European R&D-policy’, paper presented at the 8th Biennial International Conference of the European Union Studies Association Nashville, 27-29 March 2003.

-     ‘Towards finality? A preliminary assessment of the achievements of the Convention on the Future of the EU’, Presented at the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Oslo, 11 March 2003 (invited) and at the ARENA-centre of the University of Oslo, 11 March 2003 (invited).

-     ‘Choices for the Convention’, Presentation at the meeting of the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN), Brussels 30 October 2002 (invited).

-     ‘Legislative-executive relations in the European Union’, paper presented at the 1st Pan-European ECPR Conference on EU politics, Bordeaux, 26-28 September 2002.

-     ‘Rethinking legitimacy in the European Union’, presentation at the MCF-workshop, Brussels, 4/5 June 2002.

-     ‘De Benchmark gemeentelijk ondernemingsklimaat’, presentation at the conference “The market of industrial sites” in Nijmegen (NL), 25 May 2000 (invited).

-     ‘Judgement and the Application of Rights’, presented at the International Graduate Student Research in Continental Philosophy Conference, The Institute of Philosophy, Leuven (Belgium), January 1997.

-     ‘Procedures, Justice and Choice in Basic Education Policy’, presented at the ‘Ad-hoc Gruppe Verfahrensgerechtigkeit’ at the Conference of the German Society for Sociology, Dresden (Germany), 10 October 1996.

-     ‘Procedures, Justice and Choice in Basic Education Policy’, presented at the ‘Third International Workshop on Procedural Justice’, Oňati (Spain), 1-3 April 1996.

-     ‘Legal Deliberation about the Right to Free Speech’, presented at the 17th World Congress of the Internationale Vereinigung für Rechts und Sozialphilosophie (IVR), Bologna (Italy), 16-21 June 1995.