Dr. J.P. Beetz

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faculteit der sociale wetenschappen ( afdeling bestuurswetenschap en politicologie )
Postdoctoral researcher


  • International Political Theory
  • Theories of Popular Sovereignty and their History 
  • European Political Integration 
  • Democratic Legitimacy of Transnational Rule


My research aims to rethink statist political concepts to suit the transnational nature of the EU-polity, and make theoretical sense of novel empirical developments in this sui generis polity. My most recent article 'Stuck on the Rubicon?' was published in the Journal of European Public Policy.

During my time at ACCESS EUROPE, I will work on two projects.  Firstly, I continue my work into the contemporary conceptions of popular sovereignty and their normative relevance for the EU legitimacy debate. In this, I argue in favour of a demoicratic reconceptualization, which justifies direct participation of national parliaments in European decision-making procedures.  The second project develops a conception of transnational democratic accountability grounded in a proper relationship between politics and administration within Europe’s multi-level governance regime.


Although currently I have no teaching obligations, during my time in Rotterdam, Exeter, and Leiden, I held various teaching positions. In these roles, I had to pleasure to teach politics and public administration students on a wide range of theoretical and philosophical topics concerning politics, public administration, and international relations. I hold the British qualification for teaching in higher education. I participated in various workshops on innovative teaching particularly gamification of higher education to stimulate long-term learning.

Academic biography

I read Public Administration (BSc, MSc) and Philosophy of Science (BA, MA) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. During my undergraduate, I held several research positions, went on exchange to Sydney, and my MSc thesis was awarded the Unilever Thesis Award. I obtained a PhD in Politics by the University of Exeter. During my doctoral studies, I held visiting positions at the UC, Berkeley and the University of Amsterdam. Briefly before finishing the PhD, I was appointed Teaching Fellow in Public Administration at Leiden University.

Recent publications

Beetz, Jan Pieter (2015) ‘Stuck on the Rubicon? The resonance of the idea of demoi-cracy in media debates on the EU's legitimacy’, Journal of European Public Policy. 22: 1, 37-55.

Ancillary activities

Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017