The Party System

The Dutch party system is often discussed in analyses of electoral change (see below ad 5.3) or coalition formation (see above ad 3.3). In addition, see:

  • H.M.Th.D. ten Napel, The Netherlands; Resilience Amidst Change, in: D. Broughton and M. Donovan (eds.), Changing Party Systems in Western Europe, London: Pinter, 1999, pp. 163-182
  • B.A.G.M. Tromp, Party Strategies and System Change in the Netherlands. In: G. Smith and P. Mair (eds.), Understanding Party System Change in Western Europe. London: Cass, 1990, pp. 82-98. (Also published in West European Politics, Vol. 12:4 (1989))
  • S.B. Wolinetz, The Netherlands, in: S.B. Wolinetz (ed.), Parties and Party Systems in Liberal Democracies: Continuity Amid Change, London: Routledge, 1988, pp. 130-158
  • H. Daalder, The Dutch Party System: From Segmentation to Polarization – And Then? In H. Daalder (ed.), Party Systems in Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium, London: Pinter, 1987, pp. 193-284
  • K. Gladdish, Two Party versus Multi-Party Systems: the Netherlands and Britain, Acta Politica Vol.7 (1972), pp. 342-361. This polemical comparison was reprinted in Acta Politica, Vol.31 (1996), 372-390. 

On the party positions and the ideological dimensions of the Dutch party system, see:

  • W. van der Brug, Where’s the Party? Voters’ Perceptions of Party Positions, Amsterdam: PhD thesis, University of Amsterdam, 1997
  • M. Laver, Party Policy and Cabinet Portfolios in the Netherlands, 1994: Results from an Expert Survey, Acta Politica, Vol.30 (1995), pp. 3-28
  • H. Keman, The Netherlands, in H.D. Klingemann, R.I. Hofferbert and I Budge, Parties, Policies, and Democracy, Boulder: Westview Press, 1994, pp. 206-221
  • B. Niemöller, Left and Right in a Wider Perspective, Acta Politica, Vol. 27 (1992), pp. 333-345
  • H. Hermsen, Votes and Policy Preferences; Equilibria in Party Systems, Utrecht: PhD thesis, University of Utrecht, 1992.
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