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Thesis Seminar: Opposition in Dutch Politics



Due to its peaceful history, the focus in the literature on Dutch politics is on finding an explanation of political stability. As a result, scholars tend to pay most attention on the Dutch traditions in government and governance. In this seminar the focus however will be on opposition in Dutch politics. While the seminar will focus on opposition parties and their support in different eras, we aim to consider other forms of opposition too and will also wish to consider how Dutch elites have responded to different forms of opposition.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, plenary discussions, presentations.

Study Material

To be announced.


Research proposal (Block III);
Master thesis (Block IV).


Tuesday 7 February till 29 May, 11.00 – 13.00 hrs., in SA23 (except 21 Feb room 1A22 and 6 March room SA21, 17 Apr 6C03 and 8 and 22 May SA21) and
Friday 10 February till 1 June, 11.00 – 13.00 hrs., in 1A03 (except 17 Feb room 0A28, 24 feb room SA23, 2 March 4B07, 9 March time 15-17 hrs in room 5B04 and 16 March SA23)

Course requirements/recommendations

Passive knowledge of Dutch is required for this thesis seminar.