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The Politics of Electoral Systems$
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Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199257566.001.0001

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The Netherlands: The Sanctity of Proportionality

The Netherlands: The Sanctity of Proportionality

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(p.491) 24 The Netherlands: The Sanctity of Proportionality
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The Politics of Electoral Systems
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Rudy B. Andeweg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199257566.003.0024

Under the Dutch electoral system, voters can only express a choice for an individual candidate, and these votes are treated as a choice for a particular party. The parties do not encourage preference voting, and the preference votes have only a small impact on the original list ordering of the parties. The Netherlands has a large, open-party system with very low barriers to entry. Electoral reform has been on the agenda for many years, with some form of a mixed-member proportional system being the most likely alternative. However, no fundamental reform has been implemented.

Keywords:   list PR, proportionality, preference voting, apparentement, electoral reform

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