The Netherlands: The reinvention of consensus democracy

Simon Otjes, T. Louwerse, A. Timmermans

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The authors examine the development of opposition party behaviour in the Dutch Tweede Kamer between 1998 and 2015. They look at the effect of three major events on opposition party behaviour: the entry of a major radical right-wing populist party (in 2002), the global financial crisis (in 2008) and the advent of minority governments (in 2012). The authors find that consensus democracy is alive. During the economic crisis, the established rules of the game were reinvented to allow for productive cooperation between effectively a minority government and ‘constructive’ opposition parties. Since the crisis, opposition parties with earlier government experience have been increasingly active.
Originele taal-2English
TitelOpposition parties in European legislature
SubtitelConflict or consensus?
RedacteurenElisabetta De Giorgi, Gabriella Ilonszki
Plaats van productieOxford
ISBN van elektronische versie978-1-135-56101-1
ISBN van geprinte versie978-1-138-67487-5
StatusPublished - 2018

Publicatie series

NaamRoutledge Studies on Political Parties and Party Systems

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