Municipal amalgamation: Look before you leap.

Since the 1950s the number of municipalities in the Netherlands has been reduced from over 1,000 to around 350 now. Yet, we know virtually nothing about the effects of these municipal amalgamations on the social fabric and local politics of these local communities. Joes and Brandon ask the question: Maybe we should look before we … Continue reading Municipal amalgamation: Look before you leap.

Dutch voters have not become more punitive since the 1990s

In the Netherlands, like in other Western countries, we have been hearing the stories about the angry or alienated voter for a long time. Right wing populism has been present in parliament since the 1980s, and became really big with the electoral victory of Pim Fortuyn in the 2000s. Yet looking at the incumbency effect … Continue reading Dutch voters have not become more punitive since the 1990s