prof.dr. S.A.H. Denters (Bas)

Full Professor

About Me

Bas Denters (1954) is full professor of Public Administration in the Faculty of Behavioral, Management & Social Sciences at the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands). He is the Scientific Director of the Netherlands Institute for Government (NIG): the KNAW accredited Dutch – Flemish graduate school for Political Science and Public Administration. Since 2013 he is first alternate delegate of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter for Local Self-Government of the Council of Europe. From 2000-2010 he was the convener of the Standing Group on Local Politics and Government (LOGOPOL) of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). He is member of the Board of the European Urban Research Association. He is the managing editor of Bestuurswetenschappen, the oldest Dutch public administration and member of the editorial board of Local Government Studies, the leading European journal in the field of local politics and governance. He has published on issues of urban governance, citizen initiatives, citizen participation and local democracy more generally.



Ancillary Activities

  • Stichting FC Twente Scoren in de Wijk
    member of board
  • Council of Europe
    Plaatsvervangend lid Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Loc


Klok, P-J., & Denters, B. (2018). Structuring participatory governance through particular 'rules in use': Lessons from the empirical application of Elinor Ostrom's IAD Framework. In H. Heinelt (Ed.), Handbook on Participatory Governance (pp. 120 -142). (Handbooks of Research on Public Policy series). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd..
Denters, S. A. H., Steyvers, K., Klok, P-J., & Cermak, D. (2018). Political Leadership in Issue Networks: How Mayors Rule Their World? In H. Heinelt, A. Magnier, M. Cabria, & H. Reynaert (Eds.), Political Leaders and Changing Local Democracy: The European Mayor (pp. 273-296). (Governance and public management). Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-67410-0_9
Reussing, R., Boogers, M., & Denters, S. A. H. (2018). Gemeenteraden en regionale samenwerking. In H. Vollaard, G. Boogaard, J. van den Berg, & J. Cohen (Eds.), De gemeenteraad: ontstaan en ontwikkeling van de lokale democratie (pp. 257-278). The Hague: BOOM.
Klok, P-J., Boogers, M., Denters, S. A. H., & Sanders, M. (2017). Intermunicipal Cooperation in the Netherlands. In F. Teles, & P. Swianiewicz (Eds.), Inter-Municipal Cooperation in Europe: Institutions and Governance (pp. 157-187). (Governance and public management). Palgrave/Macmillan.
Denters, B. (2017). Cocktail Proef de Ruimte met Bas Denters: Versterk stads- of dorpskern: een kerntaak voor de gemeenteraad. In Proef de Ruimte: manifest voor transformatie van leegstaand vastgoed en onbenutte ruimte

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 4202
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  4202
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands