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David Bokhorst is a political economy scholar with a focus on EU economic governance and welfare state reforms in Europe. He works as a qualitative scholar in the WellSIRe project ( of Prof. Anton Hemerijck. He obtained his PhD from the University of Amsterdam with a dissertation on the governance of macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area. In the dissertation he analyses the influence and political contentions around implementation of country-specific recommendations of the European Semester and its Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure (MIP). The dissertation contains five case studies of reform trajectories in Member States. It was awarded with the Els Witte prize for best political science dissertation of the Netherlands and Flanders in 2020 and was cited by the European Commission in their official review of the MIP. Before joining the WellSIRe team at EUI David worked as advisor for the finance committee of the national parliament of the Netherlands, where he advised on European issues such as the EU Recovery Fund, European Semester, EU budget, European Stability Mechanism, Banking Union, capital markets regulation, green finance, taxation policies and more. Previously he worked as a research fellow at the Clingendael Institute for Interntional Relations and as lecturer at Tilburg University. 

In the WellSIRe project David works primarily on layers 4 and 5 with a focus on assessing reform sequences and policy complementarities of welfare provisions in the EU (layer 4) and specific case studies around policy delivery, policy failure and complexity (layer 5). Additionally, David has specific expertise on the Dutch political economy system and the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility. 

Twitter: @DavidBokhorst PhD dissertation: Governing Imbalances in the Economic and Monetary Union

Latest publication: Bokhorst, D. (forthcoming) ‘The Influence of the European Semester: case study analysis and lessons for its post-pandemic transformation’, Journal of Common Market Studies.