Peter Achterberg (1977) is associate professor of sociology and member of the Centre for Rotterdam Cultural Sociology at Erasmus University. He has done research on the rise of the new political culture and the decline in class voting, on the nature of social inequality, cultural globalization, welfare state convergence, science communication, increased penalization, political polarization, secularization, immigrantion and other subjects.
Currently, Peter is working on a research project studying the consequences of political personalisation and popularisation in Dutch politics. Using an experimental design, it is studied whether personalisation and popularization as strategies of political communication can be used to close (or widen) the gap between voters and politicians.
Peter writes a column for EM. Unfortunately for international students his writings are in Dutch.