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The Netherlands: The Sanctity of Proportionality

Rudy B. Andeweg

in The Politics of Electoral Systems

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199257560
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603280 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257566.003.0024
The Netherlands: The Sanctity of Proportionality

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Under the Dutch electoral system, voters can only express a choice for an individual candidate, and these votes are treated as a choice for a particular party. The parties do not encourage preference voting, and the preference votes have only a small impact on the original list ordering of the parties. The Netherlands has a large, open-party system with very low barriers to entry. Electoral reform has been on the agenda for many years, with some form of a mixed-member proportional system being the most likely alternative. However, no fundamental reform has been implemented.

Keywords: list PR; proportionality; preference voting; apparentement; electoral reform

Chapter.  9564 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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