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Voting Behaviour and Election Studies

On voter turnout since the abolition of compulsory voting in 1970, see:

  • M. van Egmond, N.D. de Graaf and C. van der Eijk, Electoral Participation in the Netherlands: Individual and Contextual Influences, European Journal of Political Research, Vol.34 (1998), pp. 281-300
  • I. Smeets, Facing Another Gap: an Exploration of the Discrepancies Between Voting Turnout in Survey Research and Official Statistics, Acta Politica, Vol. 30 (1995), pp. 307-334
  • G.A. Irwin, Compulsory Voting Legislation: Impact on Voter Turnout in the Netherlands, Comparative Political Studies, Vol.7 (1974), pp. 292-315. 

 

The following older studies sought to analyse (aspects) of electoral change and dealignment when they first became visible in the late 1960s, early 1970’s:

  • C. van der Eijk and B. Niemöller, Electoral Change in the Netherlands; Empirical Results and Methods of Measurement, Amsterdam: PhD thesis University of Amsterdam, 1983
  • R.B. Andeweg, Dutch Voters Adrift; On Explanations of Electoral Change 1963-1977, Leiden: PhD thesis Leiden University, 1982
  • J.J.A. Thomassen, Party Identification as a Cross-Cultural Concept: Its Meaning in the Netherlands, Acta Politica, Vol.10 (1975), pp. 36-56 (also published in I. Budge, I. Crewe and D. Farlie (eds), Party Identification and Beyond, London: Wiley, 1976, pp. 63-79 and reprinted in R.G. Niemi and H.F. Weisberg (eds), Classics in Voting Behavior, Washington DC: Congressional Quarterly, 1993, pp. 263-266, and in Acta Politica, Vol.31 (1996), pp. 416-435)
  • W.E. Miller and Ph. Stouthard, Confessional Attachment and Electoral Behavior in the Netherlands, European Journal of Political Research, Vol.3 (1975), pp. 219-258
  • M.K. Jennings, Partisan Commitment and Electoral Behaviour in the Netherlands, Acta Politica, Vol.7 (1972), pp. 342-361 (reprinted in Acta Politica, Vol.31 (1996), pp. 391-415).

On more recent electoral changes, see for example:

  • C. van der Eijk, and K. Niemöller, The Netherlands. In: M. Franklin, T. Mackie and H. Valen (eds.), Electoral Change. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), pp. 255-283
  • G.A. Irwin and J.J.M. van Holsteyn, Towards a More Open Model of Competition, West European Politics, Vol.12:4 (1989), pp. 112-138. 

For analyses of voting behaviour based on sociological models, see:

  • J.P.G. Janssen, A. Need and N.D. de Graaf, Does Intergenerational Class and Religious Mobility Affect Class-Based and Religious-Based Voting? Acta Politica, Vol.33 (1998), pp. 56-76
  • P. Nieuwbeerta and K. Wittebrood, Intergenerational Transmission of Political Party Preference in the Netherlands, Social Science Research, Vol. 24 (1995), pp. 243-262
  • A. Need, and N.D. de Graaf, The Changing Electorate of the Confessional Parties. Effects of Socialization and Intragenerational Religious Mobility in the 1956-1994 Elections, The Netherlands Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 32 (1996), pp. 51-70
  • R. Eisenga, A. Felling and J. Lammers, Religious Affiliation, Income Stratification, and Political Party Preference in the Netherlands, The Netherlands Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 30 (1994), pp. 107-127
  • P. Scheepers, J. Lammers and J. Peters, Religion and Class Voting in the Netherlands 1990-1991. A Review of Recent Contributions Tested, The Netherlands Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 30, (1994), pp. 5-24
  • M. Visser, Group Identifications and Voting Behavior: the Dutch Case, Politics and the Individual, Vol.3 (1993), pp. 57-73
  • P. Nieuwbeerta and N.D. de Graaf, Intergenerational Class Mobility and Political Preferences Between 1970 and 1986 in the Netherlands, The Netherlands Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 29 (1993), pp. 28-45
  • D.L. Weakliem, The Two Lefts? Occupation and Party Choice in France, Italy and the Netherlands, American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 9 (1991) pp. 1327-1362.

For analyses of voting behaviour based on Downsian models, see:

  • W. van der Burg, The Informed Electorate; Political Perceptions and Party Behaviour, Acta Politica, Vol.33 (1998), pp. 20-55
  • J. Tillie, Party Utility and Voting Behaviour, Amsterdam: PhD thesis University of Amsterdam, 1995
  • C.P. Middendorp, J.W. Luyten and R. Dooms, Issue-Voting in the Netherlands: Two Dimensional Issue-Distances Between Own Position and Perceived Party Position as Determinants of the Vote, Acta Politica, Vol. 28 (1993), pp. 39-59
  • H. Hermsen, Votes and Policy Preferences; Equilibria in Party Systems, Utrecht: PhD thesis University of Utrecht, 1992
  • C.F. Maas, L.J. van Doorn and W.E. Saris, The Smallest Distance Hypothesis and the Explanation of the Vote Reconsidered, Acta Politica, Vol. 26 (1991), pp. 65-84. 

For analyses of voting behaviour based on retrospective voting, see

  • H.M. Narud, Party Policies and Government Accountability: a Comparison Between the Netherlands and Norway, Party Politics, Vol.2 (1995), pp. 479-506
  • C.P. Middendorp and P.R. Kolkhuis Tanke, Economic Voting in the Netherlands, European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 18 (1990), pp. 535-555.

On the search for the most appropriate model, see:

  • J.J.M. van Holsteyn and G.A. Irwin, Where To From Here? Revamping Electoral Politics in the Netherlands, West European Politics, Vol. 20:2 (1997), pp. 93-118
  • G.D. Whitten and H.D. Palmer, Heightening Comparativists’ Concern for Model Choice: Voting Behavior in Great Britain and the Netherlands, American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 40 (1996), pp. 231-261
  • H. Anker, Normal Vote Analysis, Amsterdam: PhD thesis University of Amsterdam. 

Most of the analyses in these publications rely on data collected as part of the National Election Studies, a collaborative effort of political scientists from various universities, held in every election year starting in 1971. The data are deposited with the Steinmetz Archives. Access to the data is facilitated through English language codebooks, including frequency distributions:

  • J.W. van Deth and R. Horstman, Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies Data Source Book 1971-1996. Amsterdam: Steinmetz Archive/SWIDOC, 1989
  • C. van der Eijk and K. Niemöller, Election studies in the Netherlands: pluralism and accomodation, European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 25 (1994), pp. 323-342. 

On individual studies, see

  • H. Anker and E.V. Oppenhuis, Dutch Parliamentary Election Study 1994 (Codebook), Amsterdam: SWIDOC, 1995
  • H. Anker and E.V. Oppenhuis, Dutch Parliamentary Election Study 1989, Codebook, Amsterdam: SWIDOC, 1993
  • C. van der Eijk et al., Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, Codebook, 3 Vols., Amsterdam: SWIDOC, 1988
  • C. van der Eijk et al., Dutch Parliamentary Election Study 1982, Amsterdam: CT Press, 1983
  • C. van der Eijk et al., Dutch Parliamentary Election Study 1981, Codebook, Amsterdam: Department of Political Science, 1981
  • G.A. Irwin et al., Nationaal Kiezersonderzoek 1977, Codebook, 2 Vols., Leiden: Department of Political Science, 1978
  • L.P.J. de Bruyn and J.W. Foppen, The Dutch Voter 1972-1973, Codebook, 2 Vols., Nijmegen: Institute for Political Science, 1974.
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