By Rudy B. Andeweg, Galen A. Irwin
Provides an creation to Dutch politics, and brings the English-language literature on Dutch politics brand new through discussing the impression of many fresh social and political adjustments. The Dutch political procedure is an instance of either consociational democracy and (neo-)corporatism.
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The People Religious Groups As we have seen above, and will see often in the following chapters, religion plays an important role in Dutch politics. The Eighty Years' War produced a situation in which religious groups were not scattered evenly around the country. The fact that the southern provinces of Brabant and Limburg were predominantly Catholic has already been mentioned. In contrast to this rather homogeneous area, the northern provinces have been more divided. Although the Protestants of the Dutch Reformed Church dominated, Catholic minorities continued to exist in the cities, and Catholic villages could be found in the countryside.
The Dutch Reformed, however, formed a 'broad church', encompassing a large group of fundamentalists, as well as several more latitudinarian currents. This religious heterogeneity resulted in a much lower degree of pillarised behaviour. The CHU, for example, was never able to attract a majority of Dutch Reformed voters. The situation within the secular minority resembled that of the Protestants. Here, too, there is confusion concerning the number of pillars. Some authors speak of an 'algemene zuil' (general pillar: virtually a contradiction in terms) and point to the fact that Social Democrats and Liberals often made use of the same school system, the same health care organisation, etc.
The Netherlands has the world's largest inland fleet and barges move up and down the Rhine and other inland waterways. In addition, Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is one of the largest and most modern in Europe. The transportation network can easily reach the nearly 160 million inhabitants of Europe's most industrial areas that live within a 300-mile radius of Amsterdam. This helps to account for the fact that approximately 40 per cent of all Japanese goods imported into Europe pass through the Netherlands.
Dutch Government and Politics by Rudy B. Andeweg, Galen A. Irwin