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dr. G. (Gijs) Schumacher

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: B10.08
Postal address
  • Postbus 15578
    1001 NB Amsterdam
Contact details
  • About

    I am an Associate Professor in Political Science. My research is about political parties, populism, personality and emotions. For more information go to my personal website.

    I am also co-director of the Hot Politics Lab, a lab specializing in the role of emotions, personality and strategy in politics.

    With four colleagues I am co-founder and regular contributor to a Dutch political science blog

  • Publications


    • Bakker, B. N., Schumacher, G., & Rooduijn, M. (Accepted/In press). The populist appeal. Personality and anti-establishment communication. The Journal of Politics.




    • Polk, J., Rovny, J., Bakker, R., Edwards, E., Hooghe, L., Jolly, S., ... Zilovic, M. (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, 4(1). [details]
    • Schumacher, G. (2017). A future EU: An inevitably emotional party animal. In T. Beck, & G. Underhill (Eds.), Quo Vadis? Identity, policy and the future of the European Union (pp. 73-78). London: CEPR Press. [details]
    • Schumacher, G., & Giger, N. (2017). Who Leads the Party? On membership size, selectorates and party oligarchy. Political Studies, 65(S1), 162-181. [details]



    • Baggesen Klitgaard, M., Schumacher, G., & Soentken, M. (2015). The partisan politics of institutional welfare state reform. Journal of European Public Policy, 22(7), 948-966. [details]
    • Elmelund-Præstekær, C., Baggesen Klitgaard, M., & Schumacher, G. (2015). What wins public support? Communicating or obfuscating welfare state retrenchment. European Political Science Review, 7(3), 427-450. [details]
    • 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 (pp. 107-127). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details]
    • Helboe Pedersen, 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 (pp. 149-164). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details]
    • Schumacher, G. (2015). When does the left do the right thing? A study of party position change on welfare policies. Party Politics, 21(1), 68-79. [details]
    • Schumacher, G., van de Wardt, M., Vis, B., & Baggesen Klitgaard, M. (2015). How aspiration to office conditions the impact of government participation on party platform change. American Journal of Political Science, 59(4), 1040-1054. [details]


    • Elmelund-Præstekær, C., & Schumacher, G. (2014). Én for alle og alle for én? Mønstre i og effekter af partiintern uenighed blandt folketingskandidaterne ved 2011-valget. Politica : tidsskrift for politisk videnskab, 46(3), 296-322. [details]


    • Manow, P., van Kersbergen, K., & Schumacher, G. (2013). De-industrialization and the expansion of the welfare state: a reassessment. In A. Wren (Ed.), The political economy of the service transition (pp. 227-247). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Marx, P., & Schumacher, G. (2013). Will to power? Intra-party conflict in social democratic parties and the choice for neoliberal policies in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain (1980-2010). European Political Science Review, 5(1), 151-173 .
    • Schumacher, G., & Rooduijn, M. (2013). Sympathy for the ‘devil’? Voting for populists in the 2006 and 2010 Dutch general elections. Electoral Studies, 32(1), 124-133. [details]
    • Schumacher, G., Vis, B., & van Kersbergen, K. (2013). Political parties’ welfare image, electoral punishment and welfare state retrenchment. Comparative European Politics, 11(1), 1-21.
    • Schumacher, G., de Vries, C. E., & Vis, B. (2013). Why do parties change position? Party organization and environmental incentives. The Journal of Politics, 75(2), 464-477. [details]


    • Schumacher, G. (2012). ‘Marx’ or the market? Intra-party power and social democratic welfare state retrenchment. West European Politics, 35(5).
    • Schumacher, G., & Vis, B. (2012). Why do social democrats retrench the welfare state? A simulation. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 15(3), [4].


    • Schumacher, G. (2011). Signalling a change of heart? How parties’ short-term ideological shifts explain welfare state reform. Acta Politica, 46(4), 331-352.


    • Bakker, B. (Author), Rooduijn, M. (Author), & Schumacher, G. (Author). (2017). Response to Schimpf and Schoen’s Response to Bakker, Rooduijn and Schumacher (2016). Web publication/site, OSFHOME. Retrieved from [details]



    • Bakker, B. (Author), Rooduijn, M. (Author), & Schumacher, G. (Author). (2016). Experimentje in een tentje – verslag van Lowlands Science. Web publication/site [details]
    • Bakker, B., Rooduijn, M., & Schumacher, G. (2016). The Populist Personality. In J. Sides, & H. Farrell (Eds.), The Science of Trump: Explaining the Rise of an Unlikely Candidate: Revised and updated essays from the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog (pp. 76-86). The Washington Post: Monkey Cage.


    • Rooduijn, M., & Schumacher, G. (2013). De zwakte van het midden. Socialisme en Democratie, 70(5), 37-39. [details]


    • Bakker, B. N., Schumacher, G., Gothreau, C., & Arceneaux, K. (2019). Conservatives and liberals have similar physiological responses to threats.


    • Bakker, B. N., Rooduijn, M., & Schumacher, G. (2015). Personality and populism: Refining the theory. Abstract from Dutch Political Psychology conference, Amsterdam, .


    • Bakker, B. & Schumacher, G. (2019). Association for Politics and the Life Sciences Grant: “Yikes! Are we disgusted by politicians”.
    • Schumacher, G. (2019). KNAW Early Career Award.
    • Schumacher, G. (2017). Politics and Emotions Investigated Comparatively (ERC Starting Grant).

    Media appearance

    • Bakker, B., Gothreau, C., Schumacher, G. & Arceneaux, K. (20-06-2019). We Tried to Publish a Replication of a Science Paper in Science. The Journal Refused [Web] Slate. We tried to publish a replication of a science paper in science. The journal refused.
    • Schumacher, G. (08-03-2019). Voor ontkenners en twijfelaars zijn de gortdroge feiten niet genoeg NRC.NEXT. Voor ontkenners en twijfelaars zijn de gortdroge feiten niet genoeg.
    • Schumacher, G. (07-02-2019). ’Linkse politicus gebruikt moeilijke woorden’ De Telegraaf. ’Linkse politicus gebruikt moeilijke woorden’.
    • Schumacher, G. (29-01-2019). Stembusgang Provinciale Staten gaat vooral over landelijke politiek [Print] Het Financieele Dagblad. Stembusgang Provinciale Staten gaat vooral over landelijke politiek.
    • Bakker, B. N. & Schumacher, G. (12-05-2017). Regeert de onderbuik echt?. Regeert de onderbuik echt? (Noordhollands Dagblad).
    • Bakker, B., Rooduijn, M. & Schumacher, G. (09-03-2017). De Onderbuik van Nederland [Television] De Kennis van Nu. De Kennis van Nu: de Onderbuik van Nederland.
    • Bakker, B., Schumacher, G. & Rooduijn, M. (16-12-2016). Een verhoogde hartslag op Lowlands [Print] Spui magazine. Een verhoogde hartslag op Lowlands.
    • Bakker, B., Schumacher, G. & Rooduijn, M. (03-11-2016). De wetenschap van het populisme NTR: De Kennis van Nu. De Kennis van Nu: De wetenschap van het populisme.
    • Bakker, B. N., Schumacher, G. & Rooduijn, M. (24-08-2016). Lowlands Science 2016: Pijn, porno en politiek New Scientist. Lowlands Science.
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  • Ancillary activities
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