Maxim is a PhD candidate at the POLITICO programme on political concepts in the world, funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie scholarship. He recently published ‘Who, the people? Rethinking constituent power as praxis‘ in Philosophy & Social Criticism.

He holds a bachelor in philosophy from Radboud University Nijmegen, and master’s degrees in political philosophy and human geography from the same university. His master’s thesis theorised an intervention into the debate on the boundary problem in democratic theory from a radical democratic point of view, especially based on the political thought of Jacques Rancière.

Previously, Maxim was an intern at Caucasian House in Tbilisi, Georgia, organised conferences at Radboud University Nijmegen, and was on the board of the philosophical faculty journal.

Maxim’s PhD project at POLITICO attempts to develop an account of constituent power that maintains its democratic potentials, but simultaneously avoids some of the more problematic tendencies displayed by traditional theories.

Contact: maxim.vanasseldonk[at]

Research interests

  • Radical democratic theory
  • Civil disobedience/mass protests
  • Constituent power
  • Political community


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 754326.