By Rudy B. Andeweg, Galen A. Irwin
The assassination of Pim Fortuyn and his party's dramatic profits within the might 2002 basic election made Dutch politics entrance web page information all over the world. The cave in of the get together he based, even if, used to be as swift as its upward push, resulting in both dramatic adjustments in 2003. This revised and up-to-date re-creation of the top textual content seems at the back of the headlines to supply a accomplished creation to governance and politics within the Netherlands. The authors discover the motives, influence and merits and drawbacks of the hunt for consensus, which continues to be its such a lot notable attribute, and supply complete insurance of contemporary advancements and occasions.
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The answer to the simultaneous needs for homogeneity and heterogeneity was provided by the pluralist theory of cross-pressures. Social cleavages are to be rendered harmless by cross-cutting each other; that is, social groups that are The Country of Minorities 29 homogeneous with respect to one social cleavage are heterogeneous with respect to another. In his trade union, for example, a church member would encounter secular working-class comrades, and in his church he would encounter upper- and middleclass brethren.
However important and successful such prophylactic measures have been, there are still stubborn issues left that cannot be delegated, compromised or proportionalized. It makes no sense to ‘solve’ the abortion question by distributing the number of abortions proportionally to Catholic, Protestant and secular clinics. The problem of decolonization could not be solved by distributing the islands of Indonesia among the pillars. Such issues where yes/no decisions seem inescapable are most dangerous to the Dutch political system; faced with this type of problem, non-decision-making often seems less harmful than forcing a solution.
To change the Constitution a special procedure and a qualified majority is needed. Any constitutional amendment first needs an ordinary majority in both Houses of parliament; Parliament then has to be dissolved (this is usually planned to coincide with scheduled elections), and after elections both Houses must vote on the proposal again. In this second reading a two-thirds majority is needed. This discussion of the historical and constitutional development of the country has provided an initial introduction to the main institutions and actors in the governance and politics of the Netherlands.
Governance and Politics of the Netherlands, Second Edition (Comparative Government and Politics) by Rudy B. Andeweg, Galen A. Irwin