Making a political science career in an internationalised environment: a perspective from the Netherlands
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SourceEuropean Political Science, 5, 3, (2006), pp. 271-279
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Politicologie t/m 2019
Nationale politieke stelsels, ihb het Ned pol stel
European Political Science
SubjectInstitutional Shifts in Government and Governance in a Comparative and International Context
This article analyses the recruitment criteria, career patterns and social hierarchies of Dutch political science. Dutch political science is highly internationalised and outward-looking. About one-fifth to one-third of most departments is non-Dutch and English language courses are common. Two MAprogrammes are offered solely in English, and Dutch political science was among the first comprehensively to introduce the BA/MA system. Research is also internationally oriented. Promotion is increasingly based on merit although there are few women in the higher ranks. Working conditions are generally fine and young scholars enjoy a relatively high level of autonomy and reasonable rates of pay. The major hurdle is achieving a permanent position.
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