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Research interests

Prof. dr Frank Hendriks (1966) is full professor and research director at the Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration at Tilburg University. He is Fellow at the Montesquieu Institute in The Hague and Visiting Fellow at St Edmund's College, Cambridge University.

His current research is focused on the design and quality of democratic governance - on political leadership and active citizenship, on public decisionmaking and participation, on reform and innovation in democratic institutions - at the level of the city and the state at large. A good reflection of his current research agenda is the book Vital Democracy: A Theory of Democracy in Action, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Other books and publications follow below.


Frank Hendriks (1966) is professor of comparative governance at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He is specialised in the comparative study of democracy: mixed models and reform of democracy; transition of democratic institutions and culture; democratic leadership and citizenship in flux.

He obtained his PhD from Leyden University in 1996 with a comparative study of democratic decision-making. The reworked English version was published as 'Public Policy and Political Institutions' (Edward Elgar, 1999), described by Mary Douglas as "an impressive comparison (...) written with admirable clarity (...) likely to be a classic in the field of public policy."

The comparative study of democracy is also central to 'Vital Democracy: A Theory of Democracy in Action' (Oxford University Press, 2010) and the 'Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy in Europe' (OUP, 2011). In a review of Vital Democracy, Kjaer wrote: "It will definitely be on my bookshelf right next to classics on the subject by, for instance, Lijphart, Held and Dahl." Lijphart called it: "a wonderful book... highly innovative...completely original... Compusory reading for all those talking about democracy."

Frank Hendriks is Fellow at the Montesquieu Institute in The Hague and Visiting Fellow at St Edmund's College, Cambridge University. He has been visiting professor at IDHEAP in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Harvard, UCLA and USC, all in the US, and member of various (international) research networks and editorial boards. He is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy in Europe. He has conducted extensive research, partly commissioned by public bodies, on governance and democracy at the local, regional, national and European level.

Research conducted by Frank Hendriks is published in international journals such as Public Administration;  International Review of Administrative Sciences; Democratization; Acta Politica; Journal of Political Marketing; Urban Affairs Review; Cross-Cultural Research; International Journal of Public Administration; Innovation; Local Government Studies; Administrative Theory and Praxis; GeoJournal; Politics, Culture & Socialization; Dutch Crossing; Journal of Crises and Contingencies. 

He is the author or editor of various books, published by: Oxford University Press; Amsterdam University Press; DSWO Press; Edward Elgar; Reed Elsevier; Springer; Ashgate; Lemma; Van Gorcum; Van Gennep.



Gegeven onderwijs/ courses taught 

Governance and politics

Vergelijkende democratieleer (Comparative democratic research)

Bestuurlijke netwerken en instituties (Governance networks and institutions)

Methoden en technieken van sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek (Social science research methods)

Atelier mediacratie: media en democratie (Atelier mediacracy: media and democracy)

Inspirerende denkers (Inspiring thinkers)

Inleiding bestuurskunde (Introduction in public administration)

Verschillende werkgroepen in de bestuurskundige bachelor, master en research master, (various working groups in ba, ma and research master, public administration)

Current courses

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  • Civil Society
  • Cultural And Country Differences
  • Democracy
  • Consensus Democracy
  • Urban Governance
  • Regional Governance
  • Institutional Theory
  • Politics
  • Comparison Of Cultures
  • Administrative Reform
  • Multicultural City
  • Governance Systems
  • Interactive Governance
  • Democratic Governance

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Research Output 1995 2019

Ambitieuze en ambivalente vernieuwing van de lokale democratie in Nederland

Schaap, L., Hendriks, F., Karsten, N., van Ostaaijen, J. & Wagenaar, C., 21 May 2019, In : Bestuurswetenschappen. 73, 2, p. 47-69 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Democratic innovation beyond deliberative reflection: The plebiscitary rebound and the advent of action-oriented democracy

Hendriks, F., 3 Apr 2019, In : Democratization. 26, 3, p. 444-464 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Public servants in innovative democratic governance

Blijleven, W., van Hulst, M. & Hendriks, F., 2019, Handbook of democratic innovation and governance. Elstub, S. & Escobar, O. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edwar Elgar, p. 209-224 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Publieke Bricoleurs: Over ambtelijk vakmanschap op het raakvlak van gemeente en gemeenschap

Translated title of the contribution: Public Bricolers: On civil service craftmenship on the border of government and community Blijleven, W., van Hulst, M. & Hendriks, F., 2019, Tilburg: Tilburg University. 51 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional


Activities 1996 2008

ECPR Conference

F. Hendriks (Speaker)
13 Apr 2008

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Federal/Madison Trust Conference

F. Hendriks (Speaker)
14 Dec 2008

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific


F. Hendriks (Speaker)

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Vitaal burgerschap als stedelijke vernieuwingsimpuls

F. Hendriks (Speaker)
11 Oct 2007

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Paper presentatie op ECPR conference

F. Hendriks (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Projects 2003 2009

Multi Level democracy

Karsten, N., Cachet, A., Schaap, L., Metze, T. A. P., Levelt, M., Hendriks, F., Boluijt, B., Frankowski, A., Geurtz, J. C. H. C., van Ostaaijen, J., Salet, W., van den Dool, L. T., Lupi, T., Boogers, M. J. G. J. A., van Hoorn, E., van Hulst, M., de Graaf, L., Bodd, J., van Zuydam, S., Daemen, H. H. F. M., Gianoli, A., Coulson, A., Ringeling, A. B., Aardema, H., Korsten, A. F. A., van de Wijdeven, T. M. F., Oude Vrielink, M. J., Drosterij, G., Ruano de La Fuente, J. M., Zouridis, S., Michels, A. M. B., Iancu, D., Klimovsky, D., Pinteric, U., Voerman, G., van Hulst, M., Verheul, W. J., Schulz, J. M., van Twist, M. J. W., Hendrikx, P. M. A., Verheul, J., Ensberg, D., Derksen, W., van den Brand, T., Verheul, J., van den Brink, G. & van der Pennen, A. W.

1/01/09 → …

Project: Research project

Meervoudigheid in de samenwerking stad-regio

Hendriks, F. & Tops, P.

1/01/03 → …

Project: Research project

Organiserend vermogen in het stadsbestuur

Tops, P., Zouridis, S., Hendriks, F., Boogers, M. J. G. J. A. & Kensen, S.

1/01/03 → …

Project: Research project

Legitimiteit en transformatie in het middenveld

van de Donk, W. B. H. J., Brandsen, T. & Hendriks, F.

1/01/03 → …

Project: Research project