Hans T. Blokland is a Dutch social and political scientist and philosopher.
He is the author of, among others, Freedom and Culture in Western Society (1997),
Modernization and its Political Consequences: Weber, Mannheim and Schumpeter (2006)
and Pluralism, Democracy and Political Knowledge (2011). His work received awards from the Royal Netherlands Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and the Dutch Political Science Association.
Hans Blokland worked for the Dutch Ministry of Culture as a senior policymaker, and as a researcher for The Netherlands Institute for Social Research. At Erasmus University Rotterdam he held tenured positions at the departments of Sociology, Public Management, and History and Arts.
He was fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of the Arts and Sciences and held visiting positions at Yale University and Manchester University.
Between 2009 and 2015 Hans Blokland was International Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin, first at the Berlin Graduate School for Social Research, then at the Institute für Sozialwissenschaften, teaching in sociology, political science, research methods and philosophy of science.
In 2012 he was also appointed on the Corelio-Chair
for Media and Democracy at the Department of Communication Studies of the Free University Brussels.
And in 2013 he was appointed on the Alfred Grosser-Chair in sociology of the SciencesPo in France.
In 2014 Hans Blokland founded Social Science Works, a non-governmental organization putting social science research to work for civil society and democratic decision making (see: Social Science Works).
Central subjects of his work are the meanings and the current relevance of the concepts of power, freedom, and emancipation; democratic theory and democratic participation (citizenship, deliberation, social capital); cultural politics and cultural policy; ethical, cultural and political pluralism; the process of modernization (rationalization, differentiation and individualization); the dissemination, potencies and flaws of market and bureaucracy; the development of (the thinking on) democracy, policy-making and planning; and the history, the epistemological potency and the knowledge sociology of the social and political sciences.
Another characteristic of Blokland's work is that he hopes to bring together what erroneously has become more and more separated: social and political philosophy on the one hand, and social and political science on the other hand. This has often led to philosophies without empirical support and empirical relevance and to sciences ignorant of fundamental social and political questions and issues. Related to this, his work is more problem-driven and more directed to "Usable Knowledge" than has become common in social and political science and philosophy.
In Holland, Germany, Belgium and France Hans Blokland has taught courses for BA, MA and PhD-students in political science, sociology, economics, history and philosophy.
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