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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Governance and Politics of the Netherlands

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9781137289933
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Paperback Hardcover Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Comparative Government and Politics

The fourth edition of this leading text provides again a clear and comprehensive account of politics in the Netherlands. It has been revised and updated throughout to provide full coverage of recent developments and events - and, in particular, examines the challenges to the distinctively Dutch quest for consensus.

Rudy B. Andeweg  is Professor of Political Science, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Galen A. Irwin is Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

1. The Country, the Nation, and the State
2. A Country of Minorities
3. Political Parties and the Party System
4. Elections
5. The Core Executive
6. Parliament
7. The Policy-Making Process
8. Multi-Level Governance
9. Economic and Welfare Policy
10. Foreign Policy
11. The Strengths and Weaknesses of Consensus Government.


“Written by two professors at the country’s respected Leiden University, Governance and Politics Of The Netherlands makes for a most informative, interesting and altogether timely read.” (David Marx Book Reviews, davidmarxbookreviews.wordpress.com, March, 2017)|Reviews of previous editions:
'Comprehensive yet clear, this book provides an excellent introduction to the government and politics of the Netherlands.' - W. Maas, Choice
'Essential reading... This book is no ordinary textbook... Andeweg and Irwin attack the complexities and peculiarities of the Dutch system head on... [C]omprehensive yet compact . . . [it] should be read and used by anyone interested in Dutch Politics.' - Steven Wolinetz, Acta Politica
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