Bureau de Helling is a Dutch research foundation affiliated to the green political party GroenLinks. The name 'de Helling' (the slope) refers to the Dutch expression 'op de helling zetten' which means 'to challenge', 'to review' or 'to call into question'. This is exactly what we aim to do with the intellectual legacy and the ideas of GroenLinks and the green progressive movement in general, to take these ideas further and strengthen their ideological basis.

Bureau de Helling plays an important role in the continuous development of the party platform of the Dutch Green Party (GroenLinks). In addition, Bureau de Helling aims to influence the public debate on green and progressive issues. We act as a broker between the academic and intellectual world and GroenLinks, mobilising ideas and talent for the party. As an independent think tank we contribute to debates inside as well as outside of the party, contributing to the societal embedding of the green political and ideological programme 

Generally, the publications and activities of Bureau de Helling are in Dutch. Occasionally we present books, lectures or articles in English. A recent example is the volume 'Populism in Europe', edited by Erica Meijers and published by Planet Verlag/European Green Foundation.

Quarterly journal De Helling

De Helling is the quarterly journal of Bureau de Helling. The journal has an independent editorial staff and reaches a public beyond the green party with articles on left-wing politics in the widest sense of the term. Recent special issues include democratization, freedom of religion, degrowth, in praise of folly and the responsibility to protect.


There is ample cooperation with academic organizations and persons, social organizations and the world of public administration. International partners include the Green European Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Oikos and Etopia.