The Swamp of Dutch Politics: How the Impact of Modernization on Political Behavior is Modified by Institutional Context

Kees Aarts, Jacques Thomassen, Pieter van Wijnen

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As argued in the introductory chapter, the institutions of government and the relations between government and society are currently undergoing important changes. Firstly, the distinction between different levels of government has become more diffuse than ever. Due to processes of globalization and developments in information and communication technology, jurisdictions - from nation states to local governments - are losing their borders. Secondly, both the effectiveness and the legitimacy of representative democracy in its classic form appear to be undergoing erosion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGovernance in Modern Society
Subtitle of host publicationEffects, Change and Formation of Government Institutions
EditorsOscar van Heffen, Walter J.M. Kickert, Jacques Thomassen
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-015-9486-8
ISBN (Print)978-90-481-5594-1
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Publication series

NameLibrary of public policy and public administration
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
ISSN (Print)1566-7669


  • Political party
  • Political participation
  • Church attendance
  • Political interest
  • Party system

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