Netherlands: Political Careers between Central Party Dominance and New Pressures

Monique Leijenaar and Kees Niemöller

in The Political Class in Advanced Democracies

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780199260362
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601873 | DOI:
 Netherlands: Political Careers between Central Party Dominance and New Pressures

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In the Netherlands, political parties decide on who becomes part of the political class, even if the need for political reform has influenced these recruitment practices and over time the parliament has become more colourful. Long party experience and previous practice in representative bodies were replaced by being female, young, migrant, having good communication skills, ties with civic groups, and preferably job experience in the private sector. Apart from the composition, the performance of MPs has also changed, with the liberal parties introducing a more dualistic relationship with their own cabinet members. More roll calls have been necessary and it seems that the traditional split between government and opposition parties is not so clear-cut anymore.

Keywords: institutional reform; Netherlands; personal qualities; political class; preferential voting; purple cabinet/parties; women’s groups

Chapter.  9294 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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