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Textbooks and General Overviews

Two books provide a useful general overview of Dutch politics:

  • R.B. Andeweg and G.A. Irwin, Dutch Government and Politics. London: Macmillan/New York: St Martin’s Press, 1993. Published in a series on Comparative Government and Politics, this book attempts to present a systematic introduction with special emphasis on the institutions of Dutch politics
  • K. Gladdish, Governing from the Centre; Policy and Policy-Making in the Netherlands. London: Hurst, 1990. This book contains an insightful essayistic account focussing on of the style of Dutch politics. 

These edited volumes contain chapters on various aspects of Dutch politics:

  • R.B. Andeweg, C. van der Eijk and W. Hout (eds.), Dutch Politics: Insights from the Outside, a special issue of Acta Politica, Vol. 25 (1990), with articles on aspects of Dutch politics written by non-Dutch scholars
  • H. Daalder and G.A. Irwin (eds.), Politics in the Netherlands: How Much Change?, London: Cass, 1989 (also published as a special issue of West European Politics, Vol.12:1 (1989))
  • R.T. Griffiths (ed.), The Economy and Politics of the Netherlands since 1945, The Hague: Nijhoff, 1987.

There are numerous articles and chapters on developments in Dutch politics in general, such as:

  • K. Gladdish, The Government of the Netherlands, in: M. Curtis et al. (eds), West European Government and Politics, New York: Longman, 1997, pp. 341-392
  • S.B. Wolinetz, A Quarter Century of Dutch politics: a Changing Political System or Le plus que change…?, Acta Politica, Vol. 25 (1990), pp. 403-431
  • H. Daalder, The Netherlands: Opposition in a Segmented Society, in R.A. Dahl (ed.), Political Oppositions in Western Democracies, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966, pp. 188-236, dated but a classic. 
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