Amsterdam in pieces: why Dutch voters rejected politics as usual

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Period15 Aug 2017

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  • TitleAmsterdam in pieces: why Dutch voters rejected politics as usual
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletFT Financial Times
    Media typePrint
    DescriptionAndré Krouwel, a political scientist at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, who specialises in the transformation of political parties, is fearful. He worries that Dutch governments will no longer be able to muster the wherewithal to tackle big challenges, be it tax reform or climate change. Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service. More information can be found at “We have a political system that is devoid of parties that can carry a political project to its end,” Mr Krouwel said. He has a unique view of the country’s increasingly fickle electorate: in 2006 he developed a website that asks voters to respond to 30 questions and then matches them up with a political party. Nearly a quarter of Dutch voters used the site this year. Often their positions were incoherent — viewing the Netherlands as a great trading nation but demanding protectionism, for example.
    Producer/AuthorFinancial Times
    PersonsAndré Krouwel