Going Local. Voting for independent local Parties in the Netherlands 1986-2010.

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This paper examines why the support of independent local parties has grown substantially in the Netherlands. These are parties that run in municipal council elections, but do not run in elections at higher levels, specifically the national level. Such parties saw their support double in the Netherlands between 1986 and 2010. Parties of this type have also grown in other Western European states. This paper examines two possible explanations: declining political trust on the level of voters and, on the supply side, the rise of parties that are not rooted at the local level. The evidence shows that the rise of independent local parties reflects the rise of national political parties that do not run in many municipal elections. This article examines the case of the Netherlands, pooling five surveys from the 1986-2010 period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-115
Number of pages25
JournalLocal Government Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2-Jan-2020


  • Independent local parties
  • voting behaviour
  • the Netherlands
  • political trust
  • new political parties
  • VOTE
  • RISE

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