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The Netherlands: Still a Consociational Democracy? IHS Political Science Series No. 33, April 1996

Daalder, Hans (1996) The Netherlands: Still a Consociational Democracy? IHS Political Science Series No. 33, April 1996. [Working Paper]

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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.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: The Netherlands; Consociationalism; Subcultures; Corporatism; Political Parties.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Netherlands
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > democracy/democratic deficit
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Institute for Advanced Studies (Vienna), Department of Political Science > IHS Political Science Series
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2011 14:45
    Number of Pages: 18
    Last Modified: 14 Sep 2011 14:45
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/32438

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