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The Netherlands: Rules and Mores in Delegation and Accountability Relationships

Arco Timmermans and Rudy B. Andeweg

in Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780198297840
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602016 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019829784X.003.0016

Series: Comparative Politics

The Netherlands: Rules and Mores in Delegation and Accountability Relationships

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The interposition of political parties as key actors is the most striking deviation from the ideal-type delegation chain in the Netherlands. The electoral system does not produce a real relationship of delegation between voters in a particular district and an individual MP. The chain of delegation in the Netherlands is indirect: voters delegate to parties and, consequently, parties are the selectors to whom MPs are responsive. In addition to the role of political parties, the sheer complexity of the Dutch system of governance and the dynamics of coalition politics also are the sources of delegation problems and agency loss.

Keywords: consociationalism; executive decrees; neo-corporatism; pillarization; political arenas; preference voting; proportional representation

Chapter.  12243 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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