Saskia Hollander works as a research editor for The Broker. She is also writing her PhD thesis on direct democratic reform in Europe. She co-edited the book Creative Crises of Democracy and has written several articles on democratization, political participation and transnational democracy. Previously, she worked at the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) and the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR).
Saskia studied political science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where she was a member of the Amnesty International working group at the university and of the Dutch Third Chamber in 2007.
Saskia has a broad field of interests, including processes of democratization and social change, international political economy, transnational cooperation and EU politics.
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The field of Development Studies needs to revitalize its identity and set clear boundaries for what it should and should not do.read more
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While the European Commission has all the potential to play a significant role in development cooperation, the EU member states lack the political will and courage to do so.read more
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Post-2015 events in July 2014read more
Now that the eighth and final stocktaking session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has taken place, the more ‘friendly’ phase of the post-2015 process seems to have come to an end. The OWG member states’ over...read more