The Netherlands: Still a Consociational Democracy?

Daalder, Hans (April 1996) The Netherlands: Still a Consociational Democracy? Former Series > Working Paper Series > IHS Political Science Series 33


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Abstract: After a short introduction on the genesis and development of the general consociational democracy model, the paper discusses: 1. the extent to which the Netherlands did embody the consociational democracy model as developed by Arend Lijphart at the end of the 1960s; 2. social changes since then which have caused the crumbling of the once distinct subcultures; 3. attempts at a majoritarian restructuring of the Dutch political system; 4. attacks on corporatist structures in the name of partisan) electoral primacy; 5. persisting consociational features of the system, rooted in elite political culture on the one hand, and strong traditions of autonomy for minorities on the other. A separate appendix discusses the extent to which changed social circumstances have affected the role of political parties.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'The Netherlands' 'Consociationalism' 'Subcultures' 'Corporatism' 'Political Parties'
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:36
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 06:46

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