Ms E.A. (Lisanne) de Blok
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 Room number: 10.01
1001 NE Amsterdam
Lisanne de Blok is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and studies evaluative-based political trust.
PhD project: The conditionality of performance-based political trust
This project studies the policy-feedback link between policy evaluations and political trust. Scholarly convential wisdom suggests that government performance drives trust. Those who are unsatisfied with the performance of the current government are likely to hold less political trust. This punishment-reward mechanism, however, becomes more complex when government responsibilities are unclear. Furthermore, citizens vary greatly in their experiences with and opinions of government performance, which challenges a universal reward-punishment mechanism.
For her PhD, Lisanne disentangles the conditions affecting the relationship between government performance evaluations and political trust including perceptions of responsibility, clarity of responsibility, personal experiences with policies and relative salience attached to policy areas. She makes use of a wide array of data sources including the first Dutch Local Election Studies (2016), the European Election Studies, the TNS NIPO panel (2017), the European Social Survey (2016) and a survey-experiment.
In 2013, Lisanne graduated in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the Amsterdam University College (cum laude). She continued her studies with the Research Master Social Science at the University of Amsterdam where she specialized in comparative politics and quantitative methods. As part of her masters, she did an internship at the Council for Public Administration (Rob) where she studied the democratic legitimacy of inter-municipal collaborations. She wrote her master thesis on the role perceptions of local councilors, using a survey she designed and conducted amongst all Dutch councilmembers. She graduated from the research master in 2016 (cum laude).
In 2016, Lisanne received a PhD position that is part of the NWO TOP-project on the 'Democratic Challenge'. Her supervisors are Wouter van der Brug, Tom van der Meer (both UvA Political Science), and Paul Dekker (Tilburg University, SCP). She was involved in the design of the first Dutch Local Election Studies (2016) and worked for the project on Citizens Perspectives of the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP). Since the start if her PhD project, Lisanne has taught various courses in statistics and research methodology to political science and PPLE students. In addition, together with Eelco Harteveld, she organizes the monthly research seminar of the program group Challenges of Democratic Representation. She is also a PhD Representative for the PhD candidates in that program group.
- de Blok, E. A., & van der Brug, W. (2017). Percepties van verantwoordelijkheid in de multilevel democratie. Bestuurswetenschappen, 71(3), 67-83.
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