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Dr Pieter van Houten

Dr Pieter van Houten

University Teaching Office

The Department of Politics and International Studies
The Alison Richard Building
7 West Road

Cambridge , Cambridgeshire CB3 9DT
Office Phone: 01223 767260


Pieter van Houten is Lecturer in the POLIS department, where he teaches comparative politics, European politics and research methods. His research interests focus primarily on territorial politics (especially regional autonomy movements and regional parties) and state development in Western Europe, as well as post-conflict reconstruction in the Balkans. He currently directs the YouGov-Cambridge Programme in Public Opinion Research. He has a PhD and MA from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Amsterdam.

Key Publications

  • ‘Economic Regionalism in Federal and Hybrid States’, in John Loughlin, John Kincaid and Wilfried Swenden (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Regionalism and Federalism (London: Routledge, 2013)
  • ‘International Negotiations on Kosovo,” in Amrita Narlikar (ed), Deadlocks in Multilateral Negotiations: Causes and Solutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • ‘Know the Enemy: Uncertainty and Deadlock in the WTO’ (with Amrita Narlikar), in Amrita Narlikar (ed), Deadlocks in Multilateral Negotiations: Causes and Solutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • ‘Multi-Level Relations in Political Parties: A Delegation Approach,’ Party Politics, 15, 2 (March 2009), pp. 137-156.
  • ‘The World Bank's (Post-)Conflict Agenda: The Challenge of Integrating Development and Security,’ Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 20, 4 (December 2007), pp. 639-657.
  • ‘Regionalist Challenges to European States: A Quantitative Assessment,’ Ethnopolitics, 6, 4 (November 2007), pp. 545-568.
  • ‘A National Party in a Regional Party System: The PSC-PSOE in Catalonia’ (with Elisa Roller), Regional and Federal Studies, 13, 3 (Autumn 2003), pp. 1-21.
  • ‘Globalization and Demands for Regional Autonomy in Europe,’ in Miles A. Kahler and David Lake (eds), Governance in a Global Economy: Political Authority in Transition (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003).
  • ‘The Role of a Minority's Reference State in Ethnic Relations,’ Archives européenes de sociologie, 39 (Spring 1998), pp. 110-146.

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History of Wealth Project

This project, co-funded by the Philomathia Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, investigates the broader significance of wealth an inheritance in 19th and early-20th century Britain.

This programme was launched by POLIS in October 2013, and aims to train future policy-makers to value and promote evidence-based policies that can most benefit society.