Dr. Gijs Schumacher is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests are decision-making and institutions and he has published on party organization, mass-elite linkages, party change, the radical right, social democratic parties, personality and welfare policies.
His work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Party Politics, West European Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Psychology, European Political Science Review, Journal of European Public Policy, Comparative European Politics, Acta Politica and the Journal for Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.
He is also a co-founder and commentator on stukroodvlees.nl, a Dutch political science blog. His dissertation ‘”Modernize or Die?” Social Democrats, Welfare State Retrenchment and the Choice between Office and Policy” was awarded with the Jaarprijs Politicologie 2013, a prize for the best dissertation written by a Dutch or Flemish researcher abroad or a researcher at a Dutch or Belgian university. He is also an alummnus of the University of Amsterdam, University of Hong Kong and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2015-…. Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam
2013-2015 Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark
2011-2013 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Southern Denmark
2011-…. Affiliated Researcher, VU University Amsterdam
2010-2010 Visiting Scholar, UNC Chapel Hill
2008-2011 PhD Candidate, VU University Amsterdam
2006-2008 MSc Social Research, cum laude, VU University Amsterdam
2004-2006 MSc Political Science, cum laude, University of Amsterdam
2001-2005 Bachelor Sociology, University of Amsterdam
27.Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Ryan Bakker, Erica Edwards, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Jelle Koedam, Filip Kostelka, Gary Marks, Gijs Schumacher, Marco Steenbergen, Milada Vachudova, Marko Zilovic (2017). Explaining the salience of anti-elitism and reducing political corruption for political parties in Europe with the 2014 Chapel Hill Expert Survey data. Research & Politics. Published online.
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26. Gijs Schumacher & Nathalie Giger (2017). Who Leads the Party? On membership size, selectorates and party oligarchy. Political Studies, Special Issue April.
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25. Paul Marx & Gijs Schumacher (2016). The effect of economic change and elite framing on support for welfare state retrenchment: a survey experiment. Journal of European Social Policy, 26, 1.
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24.Bert Bakker, Matthijs Rooduijn, & Gijs Schumacher (2016). The Psychological Roots of Populist Voting: Evidence from the United States, the Netherlands and Germany. European Journal of Political Research, 55, 2.
23.Bert Bakker, Robert Klemmensen, Asbjørn Nørgaard & Gijs Schumacher (2016). Stay Loyal or Exit the Party? How Openness to Experience and Extraversion Explain Vote Switching. Political Psychology, 37, 3.
22.Gijs Schumacher, Marc van de Wardt, Barbara Vis & Michael Baggesen Klitgaard (2015). How Aspiration to Office Conditions the Impact of Government Participation on Party Platform Change. American Journal of Political Science, 59, 4.
21.Michael Baggesen Klitgaard, Gijs Schumacher & Menno Soentken (2015). The Partisan Politics of Institutional Welfare State Reforms. Journal of European Public Policy, 22, 7.
20.Christian Elmelund-Præstekær, Michael Baggesen Klitgaard & Gijs Schumacher (2015). What Wins Public Support? Communicating or Obfuscating Welfare State Retrenchment. European Political Science Review, 7, 3.
19.Gijs Schumacher (2015). When does the Left do the Right thing? A study of party position change on welfare policies. Party Politics, 21, 1.
18.Gijs Schumacher & Kees van Kersbergen (2014). Do mainstream parties adapt to the welfare chauvinism of populist parties? Party Politics, OnlineFirst.
17.Christian Elmelund-Præstekær & Gijs Schumacher (2014). Én for alle og alle for én? Mønstre i og effekter af partiintern uenighed blandt folketingskandidaterne ved 2011-valget. Politica, 46, 3.
16.Gijs Schumacher & Matthijs Rooduijn (2013). Sympathy for the ‘Devil’? Voting for Populists in the 2006 and 2010 Dutch General Elections. Electoral Studies, 32, 1, 124-133.
15.Gijs Schumacher, Catherine de Vries & Barbara Vis (2013). Why do Parties change Position? Party organization and environmental incentives. Journal of Politics, 75, 2, 464-477
14. Gijs Schumacher, Barbara Vis & Kees van Kersbergen (2013). Political Parties’ Welfare Image, Electoral Punishment, and Welfare State Retrenchment. Comparative European Politics, 11, 1.
13. Paul Marx & Gijs Schumacher (2013). Will to Power? Intra-Party Conflict in Social Democratic Parties and the Choice for Neoliberal Policies in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, European Political Science Review, 5, 1
12. Gijs Schumacher (2012). ‘Marx’ or the Market? Intra-party power and Social Democratic Welfare State Retrenchment, West European Politics, 35, 5.
11. Gijs Schumacher & Barbara Vis (2012). Why Do Social Democrats Retrench the Welfare State? A Simulation. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 15, 3, 4.
10. Gijs Schumacher (2011). Signaling a Change of Heart. How Parties Short-Term Ideological Shifts Explain Welfare State Reform. Acta Politica, 46, 4.
Books, book chapters
9. Bakker, Bert, Matthijs Rooduijn, and Gijs Schumacher. 2016. “The Populist Personality.” In The Science of Trump. Explaining the Rise of an Unlikely Candidate, eds. John Sides and Henry Farrell. The Monkey Cage.
8. Ennser-Jedenastik, L., & Schumacher, G. (2015). Why Some Leaders Die Hard (and Others Don’t): Party Goals, Party Institutions, and How They Interact. In W. Cross & J. B. Pilet (Eds.), The Politics of Party Leadership: A Cross-National Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
7. Pedersen, H. H., & Schumacher, G. (2015). Do Leadership Changes Improve Electoral Performance? In W. Cross & J. B. Pilet (Eds.), The Politics of Party Leadership: A Cross-National Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
6. Philip Manow, Kees van Kersbergen & Gijs Schumacher (2013). De-industrialization and the Expansion of the Welfare State: A Reassessment. In: A. Wren, Political Economy of the Service Sector. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
5. Gijs Schumacher (2011). “Modernize or Die”? Social Democrats, Welfare State Retrenchment and the Choice between Office and Policy. VU University Amsterdam Dissertation.
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4. Schumacher, Gijs, , Martijn Schoonvelde, Denise Traber, Tanushree Dahiya, and Erik de Vries. et al. 2016. “EUSpeech: A New Dataset of EU Elite Speeches.” In Proceedings of the International Conference on the Advances in Computational Analysis of Political Text (PolText 2016), Dubrovnik, 75–80.
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3. Schumacher, Gijs, Martijn Schoonvelde, Tanushree Dahiya, and Erik de Vries. 2016. “EUSpeech. A Dataset of EU Elite Speeches 2007-2015.” Version 2.0. Available on dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/euspeech.
2. Ryan Bakker, Erica Edwards, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Jelle Koedam, Filip Kostelka, Gary Marks, Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Gijs Schumacher, Marco Steenbergen, Milada Vachudova, and Marko Zilovic. 2015. “1999-2014 Chapel Hill Expert Survey Trend File.” Version 1.1. Available on chesdata.eu. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
1. Nathalie Giger, & Gijs Schumacher (2015). Integrated Party Organization Dataset (IPOD). Harvard Dataverse. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/PE8TWP