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:
The Netherlands: The Sanctity of Proportionality

Show Summary Details


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

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.