Carolien van Ham

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Post-doc researcher

Telephone: +31 53 489 3354 / 3280

Fax: +31 53 489 2159

Email: Carolien van Ham

or Carolien.VanHam@EUI.EU

Ravelijn building; room RA 4101

General information

I am a post-doc researcher at the Department of Public Administration, University of Twente, working on the research project "The (presumed) legitimacy crisis of representative democracy in advanced industrial democracies: myth or reality?", funded by the Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences. From February to May 2013, I was a senior research fellow at the Electoral Integrity Project at the University of Sydney.

I received my PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy in June 2012. During that period I also spent a semester at the Harvard Kennedy School as a visiting research fellow. My PhD is entitled "Beyond Electoralism? Electoral fraud in third wave regimes 1974-2009" and investigates the causes and consequences of electoral fraud in 97 third wave regimes between 1974 and 2009.

I hold a Master in Political Science from the University of Leiden (cum laude) and a Master of Migration and Ethnic Minorities from the University of Utrecht (cum laude), and received PhD scholarships from NUFFIC, UACES and EUI. Before returning to academia, I worked as a management consultant for national and local governments in the Netherlands, as a researcher for the Dutch Parliamentary Commission on Integration Policy in the Dutch Parliament (Commissie Blok), and as a researcher at the Instituto de Estudios sobre Migraciones (IEM) in Madrid, Spain.

Expertise

My research interests are political representation, comparative democratization, electoral processes and electoral fraud.

Publications

Articles

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Thomassen, J. and Van Ham, C. (2014) Failing political representation or a change in kind? Models of representation and empirical trends in Europe. Forthcoming in West European Politics.

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Van Ham, C. (2014) Getting elections right? Measuring electoral integrity. Forthcoming in Democratization.

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Smets, K. and & Van Ham, C.* (2013). The Embarrassment of Riches? A Meta-Analysis of Individual-Level Research on Voter Turnout. Electoral Studies 32(2): 344-359. *Author names alphabetically, authors contributed equally to the article. (3d most downloaded article at Electoral Studies).

Book-chapters

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Van Ham, C. and Smets, K. (2014) Meta-analysis: Why do citizens vote (or not) in national elections? SAGE Research Methods Cases (invited contribution by SAGE, forthcoming). 

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Gemenis, K. and Van Ham, C. (forthcoming). Comparing methods for estimating parties' positions in Voting Advice Applications. In S. Marschall and D. Garzia (eds.) Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates. ECPR Press.

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Aarts, K., Thomassen, J.J.A. and Van Ham, C. (forthcoming) Globalization, representation, and attitudes towards democracy. In: Thomassen, J.J.A. (ed.) Elections and Representative Democracy. Representation and Accountability. Oxford University Press.

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Franklin, M. and Van Ham, C. (2011) Electoral Turnout. In: The International Encyclopedia of Political Science. Badle, B., Bergschlosser, D. and Morlino, L. (eds.) SAGE.

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Van Ham, C. and Smets, K. (2009) The European Parliament Elections in the Netherlands. In: Wojciech Gagatek (ed.) The 2009 European Parliament Elections. Florence: European University Institute.

Book-reviews

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Van Ham, C. (2008) Controlling Governments? New Perspectives on Accountability. Book review. In: European Political Science, Volume 7, pp. 483–486.

Books (non-peer reviewed)

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Thomassen, J., Van Ham, C. and Andeweg, R. (2014) De wankele democratie. Heeft de democratie zijn beste tijd gehad? Amsterdam: Prometheus/Bert Bakker. Forthcoming

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Aparicio Gómez, R., Van Ham, C., Fernández, M. and Tornos, A. (2005) Marroquíes en España. Madrid: Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Col. Sociedad, Cultura, Migraciones, 264 pp.

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Aparicio Gómez, R., Tornos Cubillo, A., Gómez Sota, F. and Van Ham, C. (2003) Inmigrantes y vivienda en la Comunidad Valenciana, Valencia: CEIM. Fund. Com. Valenciana, 237 pp.

PhD thesis

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Van Ham, C. (2012) “Beyond Electoralism? Electoral fraud in third wave regimes 1974-2009.” PhD diss. European University Institute."

Papers

On turnout

On legitimacy & political representation

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Van Ham, C. and Thomassen, J. (2013) The legitimacy crisis of representative democracy: myth or reality? Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Dutch and Belgian Political Science Associations, 30-31 May 2013, Gent, Belgium; and the Innovation of Governance Seminar, 5th November 2013, University of Twente.

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Van Ham, C. and Thomassen, J. (2013) Dissatisfied democrats or failing democracy? The legitimacy crisis of representative democracy in advanced industrial societies. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association, 20-22 June 2013, Barcelona, Spain; and the Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, 3-6 April 2014.

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Van Ham, C. and Thomassen, J. (2012) A legitimacy crisis of representative democracy? Stimulus paper written for the Expert Meeting about the (presumed) legitimacy crisis of representative democracy in advanced industrial democracies, Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences, Amsterdam, November 2012.

On election integrity / electoral fraud

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Van Ham, C. (2013) Why Do Elections Fail? Explaining election integrity in third and fourth wave regimes. Paper presented at the Electoral Integrity Project Research Seminar, 30 April 2013, University of Sydney, Sydney; at workshop on Emerging Challenges of Electoral Integrity, APSA Annual Conference, Chicago 28th August 2013, at the American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago 31st August 2013, and the 7th General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Sciences Po, Bordeaux, 4-7 September 2013.

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Martinez i Coma, F. and Van Ham, C. (2013) Can experts judge elections? Testing the validity of expert judgments for measuring election integrity. Paper presented at the workshop on Emerging Challenges of Electoral Integrity, APSA Annual Conference, Chicago 28th August 2013.

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Birch, S. and Van Ham, C. (2014) Getting away with foul play? How oversight institutions strengthen election integrity. Paper to be presented at the Annual Conference of the Political Science Association, 14 – 16 April 2014, Manchester; as well as the Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, 3-6 April 2014.

Older papers

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Van Ham, C. (2013) Leviathan runs for office: Electoral integrity in hybrid regimes. Revised thesis chapter and paper presented at the Political Legitimacy and the Paradox of Regulation conference, University of Leiden, 24-25 January 2013.

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Van Ham, C. (2012) Clean elections, good governments? Electoral fraud and accountability in third wave regimes. Revised thesis chapter and paper presented at the Workshop on Challenges of Electoral Integrity, International Political Science Association World Congress, 7th July 2012, Madrid.

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Van Ham, C. and Smets, K. (2012) The Embarrassment of Riches? A review of individual level research on voter turnout. Paper presented at the ELECDEM Closing Conference, European University Institute, 28-30 June 2012; and at the Elections, Public Opinion, and Political Parties annual conference, University of Essex, September 10-12 2010. Accepted for publication at Electoral Studies.

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Franklin, M. and Van Ham, C. (2012) Why Europeans vote: Fifty years of turnout research in Europe. Paper presented at the conference “The True European Voter”, Vilnius University, 19-20 October 2012.

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Van Ham, C. (2009) Do voters know where parties stand? The impact of party system characteristics on voter information about party positions. Paper presented at the annual conference of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), Potsdam, September 10-12 2009.

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Van Ham, C. (2009) Choice or complexity? The impact of party system characteristics on voter uncertainty in European democracies. Paper presented at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) 2009 Joint Sessions, Lissabon, April 14-19 2009 and at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), Chicago, April 2-5 2009.

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Van Ham, C. (2008) Downs and the Third Wave: The Voting Paradox in New Democracies. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Boston, MA, August 28, 2008.

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Van Ham, C. and Spirova, M. (2007) Cleaning up Politics: Parties and Corruption in the New Europe. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Chicago, IL, August 30, 2007.

INVITED TALKS

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Van Ham, C. Trends in election integrity over time: When do elections fail and when do they succeed? Presentation prepared for the conference on Civilian capacity in human rights and democratization, celebration of 20th anniversary of NORDEM, 22nd November 2013, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo.

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Van Ham, C. Why do Elections Fail? Explaining trends in election integrity over time. Presentation prepared for the workshop on Academic Research, Conference of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, 8th Implementation Meeting, OSCE/ODIHR, Warsaw, Poland, 19th September 2013.