Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Photographer: Hennie Marks

Ms E.A. (Lisanne) de Blok

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: 10.01
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15718
    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. 

Research Interests

  • Political trust

  • Public Opinion

  • Political Psychology

  • Performance Voting

  • Quantitative methods



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 Meer, T. W. G. (2018). The puzzling effect of residential neighbourhoods on the vote for the radical right an individual-level panel study on the mechanisms behind neighbourhood effects on voting for the Dutch Freedom Party, 2010–2013. Electoral Studies.


  • de Blok, E. A., & van der Brug, W. (2017). Percepties van verantwoordelijkheid in de multilevel democratie. Bestuurswetenschappen, 71(3), 67-83. DOI: 10.5553/Bw/016571942017071003006 


  • Dekker, P., de Blok, E. A., & de Hart, J. (2016). Burgerperspectieven 2016 | 3. (SCP Burgerperspectieven). Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau.
  • de Blok, E. A., & van der Brug, W. (2016). Beleidsevaluaties en politiek vertrouwen: wie houden burgers verantwoordelijk? In Democratie dichterbij: Lokaal Kiezersonderzoek 2016 (pp. 70-77). Den Haag: Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties.


  • de Blok, E. A. (2015). Onderzoeksrapport: De democratische legitimiteit van intergemeentelijke samenwerkingsverbanden zoals ervaren door gemeenteraadsleden. Den Haag: Raad voor het openbaar bestuur.


  • de Blok, E.A. (participant) & van der Brug, W. (participant) (6-9-2017 - 9-9-2017): Workshop: ‘Realist Measures for Democracy, Public Opinion and Partisanship’, ECPR General Conference 2017, Oslo (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • de Blok, E.A. (participant) (1-6-2017 - 2-6-2017): Workshop: ‘Eroding support for democracy?', Politicologenetmaal 2017, Leiden (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • de Blok, E.A. (participant) (19-1-2017): Special Seminar at QoG institute, Gothenburg (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • de Blok, E.A. (participant) (17-1-2017): Special Seminar at University of Oslo, Oslo (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • de Blok, E.A. (participant) & van der Meer, T.W.G. (participant) (24-11-2016 - 25-11-2016): Workshop: Determinants of Trust, WAPOR conference on Political Trust in Contemporary Representative Democracies, Barcelona (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • de Blok, E.A. (participant) (7-9-2016 - 10-9-2016): Workshop: Local Government Legitimacy – Conceptual and Empirical Challenges, ECPR General Conference 2016, Prague (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • de Blok, E.A. (participant) (2-6-2016 - 3-6-2016): Workshop: ‘Elections in turbulent times’, Politicologenetmaal 2016, Brussels (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • de Blok, E.A. (participant) (19-2-2016): Comparative Politics Research Seminar (CPPC), Amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • de Blok, E.A. (participant) & van der Meer, T.W.G. (participant) (11-6-2015 - 12-6-2015): Politicologenetmaal 2015, Maastricht (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
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