Prof.dr. P.G. Klandermans

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Bert Klandermans is professor in Applied Social Psychology. The emphasis in his work is on the social psychological consequences of social, economic and political change. He has published extensively on the social psychology of participation in political protest, social movements and labor unions. He edited Social Movements, Protest, and Contention, the prestigious book series of the University of Minnesota Press. His now classical Social Psychology of Protest appeared with Blackwell in 1997.He is the editor and co-author (with Suzanne Staggenborg) of Methods of Social Movement Research (University of Minnesota Press, 2002) and (with Nonna Mayer) of  Extreme Right Activists in Europe (Routledge, 2006). With Conny Roggeband he edited the Handbook of Social movements across disciplines (Springer, 2007). He is the editor of Sociopedia and co-editor of Blackwell/Wiley’s Encyclopedia of Social Movements. He was president of the Collective Behavior and Social Movement Section of the American Sociological Association; vice-president of the International Sociological Association; he was vice-president (2008-2010) and president of the International Society of Political Psychology (2013 -14). In 2009 he received a royal decoration for the efforts to link science and society. In 2013 he received the Harold Lasswell Award for his distinguished contribution to the field of Political Psychology; in 2014 he received the John D. McCarthy award for lifetime achievement in the scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior. In 2014 he received a prestigious ERC Advanced Investigator Grant.

Recent publications

Bert Klandermans and Jacquelien van Stekelenburg. 2013. Social Movements and the Dynamics of Collective Action. Pp. 774-812 in Political Psychology edited by Leonie Huddy David O. Sears & Robert Jervis, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Jacquelien van Stekelenburg and Bert Klandermans. 2013. The Social Psychology of Protest. Current Sociology, 61: 886-905.

Bert Klandermans. 2014. Identity politics and politicized identities: Identity processes and the dynamics of protest. Political Psychology,  35: 1-22.

Bert Klandermans. 2015. The virtue of comparison: On times, places and issues. Mobilization, 20: 1-20.

Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, Conny Roggeband & Bert Klandermans (eds). The future of social movement research: Dynamics, mechanisms and processes. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Bert Klandermans & Cornelis van Stralen (eds.). Movements in Times of Democratic Transition. Temple University Press, 2015. Selected as one of CHOICE magazine's OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLES for 2015.

Xue, Ti., Jacquelien van Stekelenburg & Bert Klandermans. 2016. Collective action online in China. Sociopedia.ISA(e-journal), 1-14. http//

Bert Klandermans 2015. Grievance formation in times of transition: South Africa 1994-2000. Social Justice Research, 28: 123-142.

Bert Klandermans. 2015 Movement politics and party politics in times of democratic transition. South Africa, 1994-2000. Pp. 241-258 in Bert Klandermans & Cornelis van Stralen (eds.). Movements in times of democratic transition. Philadelphia:Temple University Press.


Current research projects

Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualizing Contestation (CCC)
. European Collaborative Research Project in the Social Sciences. European Science Foundation—Project Leader)

A comparative study of participants in protest demonstrations in nine different countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland) . Who is participating? What are the reasons to participate? How were participants mobilized? How do national context and mobilizing context influence the answers to these questions?

Bert Klandermans. 2012. Between Rituals and Riots: The Dynamics of Street Demonstrations. Mobilization, 17: 233-235.

Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, Stefaan Walgrave, Bert Klandermans and Joris Verhulst. 2012. Contextualizing Contestation: Framework, Design, and Data. Mobilization, 17: 249-262.

Daniel Blocq, Bert Klandermans, and Jacquelien van Stekelenburg. 2012. Political Embeddedness and the Management of Emotions. Mobilization, 17: 319-334.

 Bert Klandermans, Jacquellien van Stekelenburg and Stefaan Walgrave.  2014. Comparing street demonstrations. International Sociology, 29: 493-503.

Bert Klandermans; Jacquelien van Stekelenburg; Marie-Louise Damen; Dunya van Troost; Anouk van Leeuwen Mobilization Without Organization: The Case of Unaffiliated Demonstrators. European Sociological Review 2014, 30: 702-716; DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcu068

Anouk van Leeuwen, Jacquelien van Stekelenburg and Bert Klandermans. 2015. A study of perceived atmosphere of street demonstrations: How demonstrators evaluate police-demonstrator interactions and why. Mobilization, 20: 81-100.

Bert Klandermans, Jacquelien van Stekelenburg & Marie-Louise Damen (2015). Beneficiary and conscience constituences: On interests and solidarity. Pp. 155-170 in Austerity and Protest. Popular Contention in Times of Economic Crisis, edited by Marco Giugni & Maria T. Grasso. Farnham: Ashgate.

Anouk van Leeuwen, Jacquelien van Stekelenburg and Bert Klandermans. 2016. The phenomenology of protest atmosphere: A demonstrator’s  perspective. European Journal of Social Psychology. 46: 44-62. Doi:10.1002/ejsp.2139

Bert Klandermans. 2016. Demonstrating youth: A comparisonof younger and older demonstrators. Pp 75-93 in P Thijssen, J. Siongers, J. van Laer, J. Haers & S. Mels. (Eds.), Political engagement of the young in Europe. Youth in the crucible. Milton Park: Routledge.

Bert Klandermans & Jacquelien van Stekelenburg (2016). Taking austerity to the streets: Fighting austerity measures or austerity states, Mobilization


How people try to influence politics and why? (POLPART)  ERC Advanced  Investigator Grant.  Link to website

Protests in‘new’ democracies about ‘stolen elections’, demonstrations in ‘old’ democracies against austerity measures, occupied squares all over the world against inequality and for better governance. Some argue that contentious politics gains importance and party politics declines. Is that so and whywould that be? Why is it that some individuals engage in politics while others remain apathetic? Why is it that some citizens take the electoral route, while others engage in contentious politics? The truth is that we do not really know. Should we bother? I think we should. Citizens who are actively involved in politics are an asset to democracy.

Understanding how and why people take partin politics would help to build more democratic societies

The proposed project compares participation in contentious and non-contentious politics in various countries within a single theoretical and methodological framework. A central tenet of this research proposal is that sooner or later every citizen might get involved inpolitics. I seek the reason why in theinterplay of

dynamics at the individual, the organizational, and the societal level. What are the motives people have?What are the appeals parties and movement organizations disseminate; and what are the opportunities and constraints regimes impose?

Comparison is the core ofthe project. It encompasses four subproject: (1) a meta-analysis of publications on movement and party politics; (2) comparisons of political participation over time and countries in global survey data; (3) focus group discussions to understand the formation of political engagement and disengagement in four ‘old’ democracies (the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, U.K.), two post- communist ‘new’ democracies (Hungary, Romania) and two post-authoritarian ‘new’ democracies (Brazil, Argentina) and Greece as a country that was hit harder than any country by the financial crisis;(4) experimental focused surveys among 1000 respondents to quantify patterns ofpolitical participation in the same nine countries.



World Talent Fund

Bert Klandermans is also Ambassador of the World Talent Fund of the Faculty of Social Sciences at VU University Amsterdam. The aim of the World Talent Fund is to offer talented foreign students who lack sufficient financial support, a grant to study at our faculty for one year.


Publications (Source: METIS VU)

Free to download:
Book: The Social Psychology of Protest. Klandermans, 1997. 


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Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017