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ACES researchers working in the Interdisciplinary Research Project ‘United in Diversity’ presented their research on the public acceptance of EU pesticide regulation in a TiGRe webinar.

Theresa Kuhn, Jonathan Zeitlin, Maria Weimer and David van der Duin presented their findings of a survey experiment on pesticides authorization in the EU in a webinar of the Trust & Regulatory Governance in an Age of Crisis (TiGRe) project.  The study provides strong evidence that governance reforms which citizens substantively support can enhance acceptance of regulatory decisions that run counter to their prior expressed preferences, even on highly contentious and politicized issues such as the authorization and use of pesticides.

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Theresa Kuhn is Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. She uses surveys and experiments to understand how citizens react to European integration and globalisation in their political attitudes, behaviour and identities.

Maria Weimer is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Amsterdam. She researches law, regulation and governance interactions with a particular focus on the role of (EU, international and transnational) law in addressing complex transnational governance challenges in the area of health, environmental protection and sustainability.

Jonathan Zeitlin is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Amsterdam and Academic Director of the Amsterdam Center for European Studies (ACES). His research focuses on new forms of experimentalist governance within and beyond the European Union, with particular emphasis on market regulation, environmental sustainability, and social welfare.

David van der Duin is a PhD candidate at Ghent University. His project concerns the application of information-based models to explaining attitudes toward and preferences for novel EU economic governance proposals.