Governance and Politics of the Netherlands / Edition 2 by Rudy B. Andeweg, Galen A. Irwin | | 9780230580442 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Governance and Politics of the Netherlands / Edition 3

Governance and Politics of the Netherlands / Edition 3

by Rudy B. Andeweg, Galen A. Irwin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0230580440

ISBN-13: 9780230580442

Pub. Date: 05/12/2009

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

In a country dedicated to consensus and political stability, it was not supposed to happen, but it did. In 2002 right-wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was shot to death by an animal-rights activist nine days before a major election, an event which revealed how fragile that consensus and stability actually were. Andeweg and Irwin (both political science, Leiden U.)

Overview

In a country dedicated to consensus and political stability, it was not supposed to happen, but it did. In 2002 right-wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was shot to death by an animal-rights activist nine days before a major election, an event which revealed how fragile that consensus and stability actually were. Andeweg and Irwin (both political science, Leiden U.) provide an up-to-date analysis of the situation in The Netherlands as it now stands after the assassination and the flurry of reforms that followed, starting with basic information about the methods of governance and the resulting political parties and party system, social and economic policy, foreign policy. They also carefully describe the electorate, which is remarkably diverse in ethnic identity and political persuasion, and the possible effects of the recent events on the consensual tradition of Dutch governance. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230580442
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Series:
Comparative Government and Politics Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Boxes, Figures and Tablesx
Prefacexiii
1The Country and its Constitution1
A 'small' country1
The struggle against the water3
Three boundaries5
The boundaries of language and religion5
The political boundary6
Constitutional development10
2A Country of Minorities17
Three threats to stable government17
Minorities17
Two cleavages20
Pillarization21
Consociational democracy27
Alternative interpretations31
Depillarization34
The absence of new cleavages38
The consequences of depillarization40
3Political Parties and the Party System43
Party families43
Christian democrats43
Socialists45
Liberals47
A particular shade of green49
Extreme right49
Other parties50
Party Organization51
Party structure51
Party membership53
Party finances55
A decline of parties?59
Political party system61
The numerical criterion61
Dimensionality64
Comparative similarities and peculiarities68
4Citizens and the Political System69
Political participation69
Characteristics of the electoral system72
Few shall be chosen72
The simple act of voting73
Absence of geographical representation76
Extreme proportionality77
Reforming the system79
Parties and campaigning81
Candidate selection81
Campaigning85
Television and the election campaign87
Electoral behaviour89
From a structured to an open model89
Party identification92
Ideology and issues93
Candidates97
Conclusion100
5The Core Executive101
Building the governing coalition101
Procedures of cabinet formation102
Critique and attempts at reform106
Coalition theory and Dutch cabinets109
Collective and collegial government113
The position of prime minister113
The politicization of the core executive116
6Parliament121
Parliamentary organization and procedures123
The structure of parliament123
Parliamentary procedures127
Executive--legislative relations130
From institution to arena130
Parliament as a marketplace133
The coexistence of institution, arena and marketplace134
Parliament and the people138
7The Policy-Making Process139
Corporatism139
Organized interests140
PBO and advisory councils142
Changes in corporatism144
The sources of corporatism146
The bureaucracy148
Judicial policy-making153
Conclusion160
8Multi-Level Governance161
Subnational government161
Provincial government161
Local government163
Europeanization168
Strengthening coordination169
Strengthening the core executive172
A double democratic deficit174
9Social and Economic Policy176
Employment policy--the Dutch miracle177
Open economy177
Governmental policy180
Wage restraint182
The flip side of the miracle183
Restructuring the welfare state--curing the Dutch disease186
Catching the disease186
Finding the cure190
10Foreign Policy193
The constants of Dutch foreign policy193
Farewell to atlanticism?194
European integration vs Atlantic orientation?198
Interests vs idealism?202
The ambitions of a small player206
11The Strengths and Weaknesses of Consensus Government207
Fragmentation and horizontal coordination207
The consequences of consensus209
Contentment and critique211
Trust in politics211
The failure of reform213
The future of consensus government216
Further Reading219
Bibliography223
Index236

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