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The Political Class in Advanced DemocraciesA Comparative Handbook$
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Jens Borchert and Jürgen Zeiss

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199260362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199260362.001.0001

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Netherlands: Political Careers between Central Party Dominance and New Pressures

Netherlands: Political Careers between Central Party Dominance and New Pressures

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(p.259) 14 Netherlands: Political Careers between Central Party Dominance and New Pressures
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The Political Class in Advanced Democracies
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Monique Leijenaar

Kees Niemöller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199260362.003.0014

In the Netherlands, political parties decide on who becomes part of the political class, even if the need for political reform has influenced these recruitment practices and over time the parliament has become more colourful. Long party experience and previous practice in representative bodies were replaced by being female, young, migrant, having good communication skills, ties with civic groups, and preferably job experience in the private sector. Apart from the composition, the performance of MPs has also changed, with the liberal parties introducing a more dualistic relationship with their own cabinet members. More roll calls have been necessary and it seems that the traditional split between government and opposition parties is not so clear-cut anymore.

Keywords:   institutional reform, Netherlands, personal qualities, political class, preferential voting, purple cabinet/parties, women’s groups

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