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Dutch Politics in Comparative Perspective


Admission requirements



Once a haven of almost boring political stability despite deep social divisions, the Netherlands currently faces political turmoil as populist parties are on the rise and the electorate is growing ever more unpredictable. This course offers an overview of the Dutch
Political system (its transition from republic to monarchy, the evolution of consociational democracy, its political parties and highly proportional electoral system, government by coalition, neo-corporatist policy-making, and the Netherlands in the European Union and the world. The course will analyse these themes comparing the Dutch experience to other political systems and to comparative politics theories,

Course objectives

  • Reproduce knowledge about the Dutch political system and how it relates to comparative politics theories

  • Analyze contemporary challenges facing Dutch politics by using insights from the literature on the Dutch political system.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

5 EC, 140 hours


Tuesdays 9.15-11.00h, October 29-December 17, 2019, in room:
29/10: Wijnhaven 3.16
5/11 - 10/12: Schouwburgstraat A2.01
17/12: Exam in Stichthage, see below

Assessment method

Written examination with short questions (and essay questions) on Tuesday 17/12/2019, 09:15 - 11:00h at room Stichthage 13.12 (above The Hague Central Station).

Retake: Wednesday 29/1/2020, 09:15 - 11:00h at room Wijnhaven 2.59.


Blackboard will be used for communicating the course programme, additional readings and/or changes in the programme.

Reading list

R.B. Andeweg and Galen A. Irwin, Governance and politics of the Netherlands, fourth edition, Houndmills/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Additional reading announced on blackboard and electronically available


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