Simon Otjes

Simon Otjes is an assistant professor of political science at Leiden University and researcher at the Documentation Centre for Dutch Political Parties at Groningen University. Previously he worked for the GroenLinks national party head office, the party’s research desk, and parliamentary party.


Will Dutch Voters Keep Right or Turn Left?

Election campaigning is underway in the Netherlands, amid a climate of crisis and political scandal. Is the tide about to turn for opposition parties?

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Building Blocs in Northern Europe: The Greens in Government

In political systems based on cooperation, determining who to ally with and when always raises critical questions of identity, tactics, and strategy.

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Pathways to Power: How Green Parties Join Governments

As some Green parties move closer to entering government, looking to paths already trodden by Greens in Sweden and Finland proves illuminating.

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Green Sweep: Lessons from the Dutch Local Elections

The Dutch Greens had unprecedented success in the March local elections. How did they manage it?

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Radicalisation in Isolation: The Success of the Dutch Freedom Party

Is the Freedom Party a prime example of the rise of far-right populism around Europe? Or are things more complicated?

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