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Immersed

Vandaag verschijnt het prachtige album Immersed van Daniël van der Hoeven bij het Amsterdamse label 7 Mountain Records. Ik verzorgde de liner notes.

Bestel het album hier.

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Platforms as Distinctive Realms and the Role of Discretionary Power: A Cross-Platform Assessment of Citizen Engagement with Dutch Municipalities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram

Cross-platform government social network studies have focused on the messages that are being sent, and less on community responses the content generates. Moreover, little attention has been paid to possible contextual drivers of online citizen engagement. This article assesses 505 social media posts made by a sample of Dutch municipalities across four different platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram), their policy area, and the level of engagement they have fostered. The findings support the proposition of policy discretion as contextual driver of online citizen engagement: when municipalities can exert more discretionary power in a policy area, citizens could feel empowered to engage, as they could personally persuade decision makers. Moreover, although Facebook fostered the highest levels of engagement, the platforms show a multifaceted picture with respect to engagement levels and policy area. This suggests that local governments should treat platforms as distinctive realms, requiring a holistic approach to online citizen engagement.

Dit artikel dat ik schreef is (ahead of print) verschenen in Local Government Studies.

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Die Fremde

Deze maand verscheen het prachtige album Die Fremde van Hannah Koob bij het Amsterdamse label 7 Mountain Records. Ik verzorgde de liner notes.

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Verschillen in gebruik van verantwoordingsinformatie door politici geduid: De invloed van politieke rollen en persoonlijke kenmerken

Dit artikel waar ik aan mee schreef is verschenen in TPC. Tijdschrift voor public governance audit & control.

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Roles and user characteristics as driving forces of information use in the Dutch parliament

Recent literature calls for more research on the context and drivers of information use, and how this affects the information-seeking behaviour of politicians. This article addresses this gap by exploring antecedents of politicians’ accounting and other types of information use. It looks at parliamentary debates in the Dutch central government linked to the budget cycle—how accounting information is balanced with other sources of information. Political roles (for example being member of a coalition or opposition party, or being a party’s financial spokesperson), as well as personal characteristics (age and experience), were found to have an impact on the extent of accounting and other types of information use.

Dit artikel waar ik aan mee schreef is (ahead of print) verschenen in Public Money & Management.