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This book takes a close look inside political parties, bringing together the findings of an international team of leading scholars. Building on a unique set of cross-national data on party organizations, the contributors set out to explain how parties organize, how they have changed and how they have adapted to the changing political and organizational circumstances in which they find themselves. The contributors are recognized authorities on the party systems of their countries, and have all been involved in gathering data on party membership, party finance and the internal structure of power. They add to the analysis of these original data an expert knowledge of the wider political patterns in their countries, and thus p

The Vulnerability of the Modern Cadre Party in the Netherlands
The vulnerability of the modern cadre party in the netherlands
Ruud A.Koole

The Dutch political system achieved international renown within political science when it was first identified by Arend Lijphart (1968) as a system of ‘consociational democracy’. Dutch society was seen to be deeply divided, not only on the political level, but also in most other domains, with the various political parties constituting the political expression of a network of societal organizations which, in turn, were bound together by a common religion or ideology. These networks were the so-called ‘pillars’ or zuilen, with the overall clustering of networks being known as ‘pillarization’ or verzuiling. The Catholics and the Protestants constituted the most pillarized of the major political ...

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