Schakels of obstakels? Nederlandse politieke partijen en de eensgezindheid, verdeeldheid en representativiteit van partijleden

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Schakels of obstakels? Nederlandse politieke partijen en de eensgezindheid, verdeeldheid en representativiteit van partijleden

Title: Schakels of obstakels? Nederlandse politieke partijen en de eensgezindheid, verdeeldheid en representativiteit van partijleden
Author: Ridder, Jozefina Maria (Josje) den
Publisher: Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2014-11-12
Keywords: Netherlands
Political parties
Party members
Party democracy
Abstract: Approximately 2.5% of the electorate in the Netherlands is member of a political party. This modestly sized group plays an important role in representative democracies: members are part of the electorate and of their party and function as intermediaries between voters and elected officials. There is, however, debate as to the role of party members. The impression exists that members of the same party are internally divided over important political issues, that it is largely impossible to distinguish between members of different parties substantively, and that members differ in terms of views and backgrounds, and thereby drive a wedge between voters and elected officials. Based on the Leyden Party Member Survey, this study investigates how internally cohesive, externally different and representative in terms of membership Dutch parties are. This study’s findings suggest, at least for the Netherlands, that the view that party members are obstacles is factually incorrect. In general, party members are internally quite cohesive and adopt a shared, substantive position that differentiates from the position of members of other parties. Although their demographic profile deviates, members’ substantive views are congruent with those of the voters and MPs of their party.
Description: Promotores: J.J.M. van Holsteyn, R.A. Koole
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Citation: Ridder, J.M. den, 2014, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789090285436
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/29715
 

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