The general claim in comparative politics that majoritarian democracies are capable of faster policy making than consensus democracies was only partly substantiated in this study. Looking at the short term, England has indeed been capable of swift policy making. On several occasions during the period from 1980 to 1995, it has designed policies and decided on them in a fast, centralised and isolated style that would be impossible in the Dutch consensus democracy. Paradoxically, when comparing the two systems over this longer period both countries have shown very comparable levels of policy change.
|Award date||19 Mar 2004|
|Place of Publication||Enschede|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Mar 2004|