My name is Joes de Natris, and I started this blog to write about interesting things I encounter, which, as the name of the blog implies, will often have something to do with political economy. My posts could be book reviews or reviews of articles I read, comments on current affairs, the occasional (or less occasional) rant, or general remarks about whatever it is I have been thinking off. Moreover, I use this blog to reflect on the things I find interesting. The world is a complex place, and it helps me to write down my thoughts once in a while.
During my time as a Policy Science student at Leiden University College the Hague I came to appreciate how intertwined economics and political science are, something that often seems to be forgotten in the Netherlands. Economics and Political Science are both about what people want, how these wishes can be satisfied, and what happens when people have conflicting desires. Moreover, politics and economics both address exchange, be it exchange of what we think of as goods for money or other goods (usually called economics), or exchange of political decisions for goods, loyalty, or other decisions (usually called politics). Leaving out one of these forms of exchange skews our understanding of how individuals can interact with each other. A recurring theme in this blog will be how the two disciplines can learn from each other, thus trying to bring together what never should have been separated. Moreover, recurring themes will be democracy, rule of law, constitutions, freedom and how they interact.
A short description of me: Dutch, curious, I love reading, I play guitar, I love travelling, I’ve got a BSc in Policy Science from LUC the Hague and a Research Master in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam (focus on political economy and quantitative methodology, including advanced statistics, agent based modelling and network analysis). In 2016 I did internships at the Manifesto Project, coding party manifestos to prepare them for quantitative research, and at the Hot Politics Lab, analyzing when and why politicians adopt language from the IMF and ECB using automatic content analysis. Since last year I work at COELO (the Centre for research on local government economics) in Groningen. I implement COELO’s data collection for our Atlas of Local Taxes and Levies, I kick datasets into shape, and I do research on local democracy. NONE of the views I post on this blog reflect COELO policy or views whatsoever.
Lastly, I hope you will enjoy reading my blog, please be critical of how I write and what I write, and do not be afraid to leave a comment after reading! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.