Here you find an overview of our publications (in Dutch and English) about Dutch culture wars in journals, columns, and newspapers.

Lageropgeleiden die politici wantrouwen: verzet tegen culturele superioriteit?

Kjell Noordzij, Jeroen van der Waal & Willem de Koster

Sociale Vraagstukken (10 mei 2019)

Het wantrouwen in politici wordt niet enkel gevoed door wat politici vinden, maar ook door de culturele superioriteit die zij zichzelf met name volgens lageropgeleiden toedichten met hun progressieve culturele opvattingen.

Photo:  Mike Andrews (Flickr Creative Commons)

The Educational Gradient in Trust in Politicians in the Netherlands: A Status-Based Cultural Conflict

Kjell Noordzij, Jeroen van der Waal & Willem de Koster

The Sociological Quarterly (April 3, 2019)


Much of the educational gradient in trust in politicians remains unexplained by prevailing theories on material resources and institutional knowledge. Our novel explanation theorizes that: in its relationship with trust in politicians, education is a status indicator; and the lower trust in politicians among the less educated reflects the latter’s opposition to the former’s status signaling. Analyses of representative Dutch survey data (n = 1,296) demonstrate that indicators of affinity with elite culture do indeed largely underlie the association between the level of education and trust in politicians. We discuss the relevance of our findings for debates on “culture wars.”