My first line of research may be summarized as the "politics of attention". This contains policy agenda setting, the influence of media on politics, the analysis of parliamentary prioritization, and the impact of science on political decision making. Together with many collegues from the US and Europe we analyse how agenda setting processes effect governance structures and how information from new and old media influences the responsiveness of the government. We publish about many different policy domains, although I have a specifiv interest in animal welfare related policies, food, the common agricultural policy, and environmental policies.

Due to the common research approach and the universal methodology the agenda setting research is by definition comparative. It contains both quantitative and quantitative elements. The politics of attention addresses questions on transition-management, and tipping points in the flows of attention. The theories used are derived from public administration literature, the political sciences, and are borrowed from communication and ecological theories.

My second line of research concerns the study of trust and policy-making. The main research objective here is to unravel the social mechanisms through which trust in policies and politics is gained and lost. The methodology I use consists of a combination of hermeneutics and the philosophical concept of collective intentionality. But I also borrow elements from sense-making and configuration theories. The goals with this research is to help policy makers understand why citizens loose trust, while they are convinced that they are doing the ‘right thing’

  1. Politics of attention: policy agenda setting in comparative perspectives (co-program leader for the Netherlands) (2006-)
  2. Subprojects of the politics of attention: Morality issues (2009-2011), safety policies (2009-2011) and environmental policies (2006-2008)
  3. Common Agricultural Policy-making: feedback and changing the CAP (2007-2011)
  4. The impact of advisory committees in the marine domain (2009-2012)
  5. The mechanisms of building trust: manure policies (2006-2008), mega-stables (2008-2010) and agriculture (2010-2012)
  6. Food governanc (2012-)

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