Paul Dekker (1954) is Professor of Civil Society at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and Head of the Participation, Culture & Living Environment Department of the Netherlands Institute for Social Research | SCP, The Hague.
He is a political scientist by training (Catholic University of Nijmegen/Free University of Berlin (West)) and most of his research has been in the field of political sociology, with side-lines in political economy, public administration and political psychology.
Main topics of research have been authoritarianism, political attitudes, social and political participation, voluntary associations, religious involvement, and the Dutch third sector in comparative perspective. Major recent projects are in the field of public opinion research, focussing in particular on the negative public mood in the country, institutional trust, and attitudes towards government and the European Union.
Paul Dekker is vice-chair of the Political Psychology Research Committee of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), editor of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series of Springer, and member of the editorial boards of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the Journal of Civil Society, Politics, Culture and Socialization, Recerca and the Dutch Jaarboek Marktonderzoek.
He is a partner of Itssoin (Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation; EU framework 7; 2014 – present) and before he was local associate of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (1995-2005), national coordinator & international management board member of Cinefogo (Civil Society and New Forms of Governance; EU framework 6; 2005-2010), and secretary of the International society of Third Sector Research (2009-2014).
Selection of publications:
- Josje den Ridder & Paul Dekker. Meer democratie, minder politiek? Een studie van de Nederlandse publieke opinie. Den Haag: SCP, 2015.
- Paul Dekker & Ramón A. Feenstra (eds.), Activism and civil society: Broadening political participation / Activismo y sociedad civil: ampliando la participación política (Recerca 17). Castelló de la Plana: Universitat Jaume I, 2015.
- Mark Bovens, Paul Dekker en Will Tiemeijer (red.). Gescheiden werelden? Een verkenning van sociaal-culturele tegenstellingen in Nederland. Den Haag: SCP/WRR 2014.
- Joep de Hart, Paul Dekker & Loek Halman (Eds.), Religion and civil society in Europe. New York: Springer, 2013.
- Taco Brandsen, Paul Dekker & Adalbert Evers (eds.), Civicness in the governance and delivery of social services. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2010.
- Paul Dekker & Loek Halman (Eds.), The values of volunteering. Cross-cultural perspectives. New York, Boston, Dordrecht, London, Moscow: Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers.
- Paul Dekker & Eric M. Uslaner (Eds.), Social capital and participation in everyday life. London/New York: Routledge, 2001.