Dr Carolien van Ham

Lecturer
PhD
School of Social Sciences

Contact

+61(0)432846437
Room 130, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus

Consultation

Generally in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Research Wednesday.
Fields: Comparative Government and Politics, International Relations, Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Tags: Political Systems, Electoral Systems

Carolien van Ham is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the School of Social Sciences at UNSW and an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award recipient (2015-2017). She is also a research associate at the Varieties of Democracy Institute and senior research fellow at the Electoral Integrity Project, and co-editor of the Routledge book series Elections, Democracy and Autocracy. Dr Van Ham received her PhD from the European University Institute in 2012. Prior to coming to UNSW, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente on a Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences research project on democratic legitimacy, as a senior research fellow at the Electoral Integrity Project, University of Sydney, and as a research fellow at the Varieties of Democracy Institute, University of Gothenburg.  

Her research focuses on democratization and authoritarianism, electoral integrity and fraud, and legitimacy and political representation. Dr. Van Ham has published in the European Journal of Political Science, Government and Opposition, Democratization, Post-Soviet Affairs, West European Politics and Electoral Studies, is co-editor of a forthcoming edited volume on democratic legitimacy in advanced industrial democracies at Oxford University Press, and has authored a book on legitimacy in the Netherlands, and book chapters in various edited volumes.

 

Research

I am a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the School of Social Sciences at UNSW and an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award recipient. My research interests are: democratization and authoritarianism, election integrity and electoral fraud, and political representation, accountability and legitimacy.

I am currently working on the following research projects: 

  • ARC DECRA project 2015-2017 Getting elections right? Electoral reform in democracies & autocracies. Project investigates: (a) why and under what conditions electoral reform in electoral democracies and electoral autocracies is successful; (b) how election integrity can be effectively strengthened; and (c) how election integrity affects democratization. This project involves mixed-method research using large-N quantitative analyses as well as qualitative country-case studies. The research project is connected to the Electoral Integrity Project at Sydney University and the Varieties of Democracy Project at Gothenburg University. 
  • ANDS project 2016-2017 Data on Elections, Democracy and Autocracy (DEDA). Website hosted at UNSW mapping quantitative datasets on Elections, Democracy and Autocracy. Website: (a) enables sharing of data on these topics; (b) provides a macro data guide to other important datasets in this field accompanied by syntax to merge datasets to enable easy use; (c) aims to provide online data visualisation tools that would allow researchers and the general public to carry out simple data analyses online. Data on Peace & Conflict and Human Rights to be added in 2nd stage of project.
  • Electoral Management Research Network 2016-ongoing. Improving Electoral Management: The Organisational Determinants of Electoral Integrity, with T. James, H. Garnett and L. Loeber, University of East Anglia and McGill University. First phase of the project is to collect data on EMB organizational structure and personnel through two surveys set out among EMBs in 30 European countries with support from the Venice Commission. Surveys currently in the field, phase 1 to be completed in April 2017, and results collated in a series of journal articles as a special issue. Phase 2 consists of setting up the Electoral Management Research Network, bringing together European and international scholars in this field to strengthen collaboration and dissemination of research. Funding from University of East Anglia, EIP project and UNSW.

 

 

Publications

    Books

    • van Ham CT; Thomassen JJA; Aarts K; Andeweg RB, (eds.), 2017, Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis: Explaining Trends and Cross-National Differences in Established Democracies., Oxford University Press
    • Thomassen J;van Ham C;Andeweg R, 2014, De wankele democratie. Heeft de democratie zijn beste tijd gehad? (In Dutch, translated title: Unstable Democracy. Has democracy had its day?), Prometheus/Bert Bakker, Amsterdam, http://webwinkel.uitgeverijprometheus.nl/book/jacques-thomassen
    • Aparicio Gómez R;van Ham C;Fernández M;Tornos A, 2005, Marroquíes en España. (In Spanish, translated: Moroccans in Spain), Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Col. Sociedad, Cultura, Migraciones, Madrid
    • Aparicio Gómez R;Tornos Cubillo A;Gómez Sota F;van Ham C, 2003, Inmigrantes y vivienda en la Comunidad Valenciana., CEIM. Fund. Com. Valenciana., Valencia

    Book Chapters

    • Bright D;van Ham C, 2017, 'The influence of Organized Criminal Groups on Democracy in Australia: Corruption, donation and political assassination. (Forthcoming)', in Allum F; Gilmour S (ed.), The Handbook of Organized Crime and Politics, Edward Elgar Publishing
    • Aarts K;van Ham C;Thomassen J, 2017, 'Modernization, Globalization and Satisfaction with Democracy.', in van Ham C; Thomassen J; Aarts K; Andeweg R (ed.), Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis: Explaining Trends and Cross-National Differences in Established Democracies., Oxford University Press
    • Thomassen J;van Ham C, 2017, 'A legitimacy crisis of representative democracy?', in van Ham C; Thomassen J; Aarts K; Andeweg R (ed.), Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis: Explaining Trends and Cross-National Differences in Established Democracies., Oxford University Press
    • van Ham CT;Thomassen J, 2017, 'The myth of legitimacy decline. An empirical evaluation of trends in political support in established democracies.', in van Ham C; Thomassen J; Aarts K; Andeweg R (ed.), Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis: Explaining Trends and Cross-National Differences in Established Democracies. Oxford: Oxford University Press., Oxford University Press
    • Thomassen JJ A;Andeweg RB;van Ham C, 2017, 'Political Trust and the Decline of Legitimacy Debate', in Zmerli S; van der Meer T (ed.), The Handbook on Political Trust, Edward Elgar, pp. 509 - 525
    • van Ham CT;Lindberg SI, 2017, 'Elections: The Power of Elections in Multiparty Africa (forthcoming)', in Cheeseman N (ed.), Institutions and Democracy in Africa: How the rules of the game shape political developments., Cambridge University Press
    • Aarts K;Thomassen J;van Ham C, 2014, 'Globalization, representation, and attitudes towards democracy.', in Thomassen J (ed.), Elections and Democracy : Representation and Accountability., Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716334.003.0011
    • Gemenis K;van Ham C, 2014, 'Comparing methods for estimating parties' positions in Voting Advice Applications.', in Marschall S; Garzia D (ed.), Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates., ECPR Press, pp. 33 - 48, http://press.ecpr.eu/book_details.asp?bookTitleID=104
    • van Ham C;Smets K, 2014, 'Meta-analysis: Why do citizens vote (or abstain) in national elections?', in SAGE Research Methods Cases, SAGE Publications, Ltd., London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305014529528
    • Franklin M;van Ham C, 2011, 'Electoral Turnout. Badle, B., Bergschlosser, D. and Morlino, L. (eds.) SAGE.', in Badle B; Bergschlosser D; Morlino L (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Political Science, SAGE Publishers, Ltd. London
    • van Ham C;Smets K, 2009, 'The European Parliament Elections in the Netherlands', in The 2009 European Parliament Elections, European University Institute, Florence

    Journal articles

    • van Ham CT;Chappell L, 2017, 'Democracy and Human Rights: A Tripartite Conceptual Framework', Australian Journal of Human Rights
    • Birch S;Van Ham C, 2017, 'Getting away with foul play? The importance of formal and informal oversight institutions for electoral integrity', European Journal of Political Research, vol. 56, pp. 487 - 511, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12189
    • van Ham CT;Seim B, 2017, 'Strong States, Weak Elections? How State Capacity in Authoritarian Regimes Conditions the Democratizing Power of Elections', International Political Science Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0192512117697544
    • Van Ham C;Lindberg SI, 2015, 'From sticks to carrots: Electoral manipulation in Africa, 1986-2012', Government and Opposition, vol. 50, pp. 521 - 548, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/gov.2015.6
    • van Ham C;Lindberg S, 2015, 'When Guardians Matter Most: Exploring the Conditions Under Which Electoral Management Body Institutional Design Affects Election Integrity', Irish Political Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07907184.2015.1099097
    • Bader M;Van Ham C, 2015, 'What explains regional variation in election fraud? Evidence from Russia: A research note', Post-Soviet Affairs, vol. 31, pp. 514 - 528, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1060586X.2014.969023
    • van Ham C, 2015, 'Getting elections right? Measuring electoral integrity', Democratization, vol. 22, pp. 714 - 737, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2013.877447
    • Martínez i Coma F;van Ham C, 2015, 'Can experts judge elections? Testing the validity of expert judgments for measuring election integrity', European Journal of Political Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12084
    • Thomassen J;van Ham C, 2014, 'Failing Political Representation or a Change in Kind? Models of Representation and Empirical Trends in Europe', West European Politics, vol. 37, pp. 400 - 419, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2014.887881
    • Smets K;van Ham C, 2013, 'The embarrassment of riches? A meta-analysis of individual-level research on voter turnout', Electoral Studies, vol. 32, pp. 344 - 359, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2012.12.006

    Conference Papers

    • Frances M;Bangert D;Betbeder-Matibet L;van Ham C;McEachern S;McDougall J, 2017, 'Moving data around: integrating repositories with research workflows for curating and publishing data', in Moving data around: integrating repositories with research workflows for curating and publishing data, Open Repositories 2017, Brisbane, presented at Open Repositories 2017, Brisbane, 27 - 30 June 2017
    • Frances M;McEachern S;Bangert D;van Ham C;McDougall J;Betbeder-Matibet L, 2017, 'Moving data around: integrated research workflows for curating and publishing research', in Moving data around: integrated research workflows for curating and publishing research, IASSIST 2017, Lawrence, Kansas, presented at IASSIST 2017, Lawrence, Kansas, 23 - 26 May 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/597e854758396

    Theses / Dissertations

    • van Ham C, 2012, Beyond Electoralism? Electoral fraud in third wave regimes 1974-2009, European University Institute, Florence: EUI

Teaching

Carolien van Ham teaches Democracy and Authoritarianism in the 21st century (ARTS2851), and supervises Honours and Postgraduate students in research topics related to (a) democracy, democratization and authoritarianism; (b) corruption, clientelism and electoral fraud; and (c) political representation, legitimacy and democratic reform. 

Honours and prizes

2016    Research grant for “Data on Elections, Democracy and Autocracy (DEDA)”, funded by Australian National Data Service High Value Data Collections Program. Forthcoming UNSW website mapping quantitative datasets on Elections, Democracy and Autocracy. Data on Peace & Conflict and Human Rights to be added in 2nd stage of project.

2016    Research grant for “Improving Electoral Management: The Organisational Determinants of Electoral Integrity” (with T. James, H. Garnett and L. Loeber, University of East Anglia and McGill University), funded by University of East Anglia, Electoral Integrity Project and University of New South Wales.

2016    Research grant for “Empowering citizens for clean elections: The role of domestic election observers in reducing election fraud” (with M. Groemping, University of Sydney), funded by University of New South Wales.

2015    Discovery Early Career Research Award for “Getting elections right? Electoral reform in democracies & autocracies”, project-ID DE150101692, funded by the Australian Research Council. 

Professional contribution

Member of the Executive of the Australian Political Science Association (2016-present)

Member of Research Committee, School of Social Sciences, UNSW (2016-present)

Member of Organizing Committee of Annual Conference of the Australian Political Science Association, UNSW, Sydney (2016)

Regular reviewer for 

Affiliations and membership

Australian Political Science Association

American Political Science Association

International Political Science Association

Dutch Political Science Association

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Other information

Media:

van Ham, C. 25 June 2016. ABC News 24 Weekend Breakfast TV – Interview about Brexit

van Ham, C. 30 April 2016. ABC News 24 Weekend Breakfast TV – Interview about Trump, Duterte and the rise of authoritarianism.

van Ham, C., Gauja, A., Bassil, N. and Collin, P. 2016. Reimagining NSW: how good governance strengthens democracy. The Conversation. http://theconversation.com/reimagining-nsw-how-good-governance-strengthens-democracy-57573

van Ham, C. 2015. From Africa to America, manipulation and money make elections less than truly democratic. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/from-africa-to-america-manipulation-and-money-make-elections-less-than-truly-democratic-48221

Martinez i Coma, F. and van Ham, C. 2015. How seriously should we take the opinions of academics and experts when it comes to complicated issues like electoral integrity? Democratic Audit. http://www.democraticaudit.com/?p=13680

Various media in the Netherlands in 2014 in reaction to book Unstable Democracy