Iskander de Bruycker receives NWO Vidi grant

For his project 'ACCESS4ALL – Why is access to policymakers (not) equal for all lobbyists?' Iskander de Bruycker has received a Vidi grant of €800,000 from NWO. The grant enables him to develop his own innovative line of research and set up a research group.

ACCESS4ALL examines whether policymakers are accessible to all lobbyists, regardless of their societal background. Ideally, policymakers exchange with lobbyists with different socio-demographic profiles. Yet, the ACCESS4ALL project expects that policymakers predominantly exchange with lobbyists who resemble them; lobbyists of the same age, gender and ethnic background. We test our expectations within the European policy context through desk research, focus groups, large-scale surveys and vignette experiments. Based on our research, we propose strategies to make access to EU policymakers more open and inclusive.

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