Tom Theuns argues Jean-Paul Gagnon’s ‘data mountain’ project cannot achieve its goals because of fundamental problems of over-inclusion and under-inclusion, problems that can only be solved by recourse to democratic theory. But that is not to say that the project is without value
Assistant Professor of Political Theory and European Politics, Institute of Political Science, Leiden University
Tom is also Associate Researcher at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics at Sciences Po Paris.
Previously, he held a research position at Utrecht University and a teaching position at the University of Amsterdam.
He holds a PhD from Sciences Po Paris, an MPhil from the University of Oxford and a BA from University College Maastricht.
In 2020, he won a four-year grant from the Dutch National Research Council for a project on 'Protecting Democracy in the EU'.
As well as various book chapters and reports, Tom has published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the Journal of European Integration,Global Justice: Theory, Practice, Rhetoric, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and Democratic Theory.
Besides academic research, he is also a regular commentator on European political affairs for outlets including EUobserver, Le Monde Diplomatique and Euronews.