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Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies$
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Kaare Strøm, Wolfgang C. Müller, and Torbjörn Bergman

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019829784X.001.0001

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The Netherlands: Rules and Mores in Delegation and Accountability Relationships

The Netherlands: Rules and Mores in Delegation and Accountability Relationships

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(p.498) 16 The Netherlands: Rules and Mores in Delegation and Accountability Relationships
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Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies
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Arco Timmermans

Rudy B. Andeweg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019829784X.003.0016

The interposition of political parties as key actors is the most striking deviation from the ideal-type delegation chain in the Netherlands. The electoral system does not produce a real relationship of delegation between voters in a particular district and an individual MP. The chain of delegation in the Netherlands is indirect: voters delegate to parties and, consequently, parties are the selectors to whom MPs are responsive. In addition to the role of political parties, the sheer complexity of the Dutch system of governance and the dynamics of coalition politics also are the sources of delegation problems and agency loss.

Keywords:   consociationalism, executive decrees, neo-corporatism, pillarization, political arenas, preference voting, proportional representation

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