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Getting Party Activists on Local Lists

How Dutch Local Party Branches Perform Their Recruitment Function

Journal Politics of the Low Countries, Issue 2 2020
Keywords municipal politics, political parties, candidate lists, local party branches, recruitment
Authors Simon Otjes, Marcel Boogers and Gerrit Voerman
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    This article examines what explains the performance of Dutch local party branches in the recruitment of candidates for municipal councils. Fielding a list of candidates is the most basic function of political parties. In the Netherlands, party branches are under pressure from the low number of party members. To analyse how branches fulfil their role in recruitment, we employ our own survey of the secretaries of party branches held in the run-up to the 2018 municipal election. We find that party membership drives the successful fulfilment of the recruitment function but that, more than the absolute number of members, the crucial factors are how these party members cooperate, the number of active members and the development of this number.


Simon Otjes
Simon Otjes is Assistant Professor of Dutch Politics at Leiden University and researcher at the Documentation Centre Dutch Political Parties of Groningen University. His research focuses on political parties, parliaments and public opinion. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science and in the European Journal of Political Research, among others.

Marcel Boogers
Marcel Boogers is Professor of Innovation and Regional governance at Twente University. His research focuses on the structure of and dynamics within networks of local and regional governments. Boogers combines his position at Twente University with a position as senior advisor at consultancy firm BMC.

Gerrit Voerman
Gerrit Voerman is Professor of the Development and Function of the Dutch and European Party System at Groningen University and Director of its Centre Dutch Political Parties. His research focuses on political parties, their history and their organisation. He is editor of a long-running series of books on Dutch political parties.
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Introduction: Parties at the Grassroots

Local Party Branches in the Low Countries

Journal Politics of the Low Countries, Issue 2 2020
Authors Bram Wauters, Simon Otjes and Emilie van Haute
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Bram Wauters
Bram Wauters is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Sciences of Ghent University, where he leads the research group GASPAR. His research interests include political representation, elections and political parties, with specific attention for diversity. He has recently published on these topics in journals such as Party Politics, Political Studies, Politics & Gender and Political Research Quarterly. He is co-editor (with Knut Heidar) of ‘Do parties still represent?’ (Routledge, 2019).

Simon Otjes
Simon Otjes is Assistant Professor of Dutch Politics at Leiden University and researcher at the Documentation Centre Dutch Political Parties of Groningen University. His research focuses on political parties, parliaments and public opinion. His research has appeared in various journals, including American Journal of Political Science and European Journal of Political Research.

Emilie van Haute
Emilie van Haute is Chair of the Department of Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and researcher at the Centre d’étude de la vie politique (Cevipol). Her research interests focus on party membership, intra-party dynamics, elections and voting behaviour. Her research has appeared in West European Politics, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Studies or European Political Science. She is co-editor of Acta Politica.
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Access_open Preference Voting in the Low Countries

A Research Overview

Journal Politics of the Low Countries, Issue 1 2020
Keywords elections, electoral systems, preference voting, candidates, personalization
Authors Bram Wauters, Peter Thijssen and Patrick Van Erkel
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    Preference votes constitute one of the key features of (open and flexible) PR-list electoral systems. In this article, we give an extensive overview of studies conducted on preference voting in Belgium and the Netherlands. After elaborating on the definition and delineation of preference voting, we scrutinize studies about which voters cast preference votes (demand side) and about which candidates obtain preference votes (supply side). For each of these aspects, both theoretical approaches and empirical results are discussed and compared. At the same time, we also pay attention to methodological issues in these kinds of studies. As such, this research overview reads as an ideal introduction to this topic which has repercussions on many other subfields of political science.


Bram Wauters
Bram Wauters is an associate professor at the Department of Political Sciences of Ghent University, where he leads the research group GASPAR. His research interests include political representation, elections and political parties, with special attention to diversity. He has recently published in journals such as International Political Science Review, Party Politics, Political Studies, and Political Research Quarterly. He is co-editor (with Knut Heidar) of ‘Do parties still represent?’ (Routledge, 2019).

Peter Thijssen
Peter Thijssen is a professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Antwerp, where he is a member the research group M2P (Media, Movements and Politics). His research focuses on political sociology, public opinion and political participation. He has published in such journals as British Journal of Sociology, Electoral Studies, Energy Policy, European Journal of Social Theory, Party Politics and Risk Analysis. He has co-edited ‘New Public Spheres’ (Ashgate, 2013) and ‘Political Engagement of the Young’ (Routledge, 2016).

Patrick Van Erkel
Patrick van Erkel is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science of the University of Antwerp, where he is connected to the research group M2P (Media, Movements and Politics). His research interests include electoral behavior, public opinion, political communication and polarization. He has published in journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, European Political Science Review and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties.
Symposium

Slechts nu en dan een bui

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2018
Authors Joop van Holsteyn
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Joop van Holsteyn
Prof. dr. Joop van Holsteyn is verbonden aan het Instituut voor Politieke Wetenschap van de Universiteit Leiden en maakte in de jaren 2008-2017 deel uit van de redactie van Res Publica, in de periode 2011-2017 als hoofdredacteur.
Essay

Politieke volksinvloed en christendemocratie

Een historische verkenning naar aanleiding van de Oekraïne- en sleepwetreferenda (2016-2018)

Journal Res Publica, Issue 2 2018
Authors Tom-Eric Krijger
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Tom-Eric Krijger
Tom-Eric Krijger studeerde geschiedenis (met een minor in bestuurs- en organisatiewetenschappen) en religiewetenschappen te Utrecht en Brussel. In 2017 voltooide hij aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen een promotieonderzoek naar de geschiedenis van het Nederlandse vrijzinnig-protestantisme tussen 1870 en 1940, in het kader waarvan hij in 2015 onder andere enkele maanden als gastonderzoeker aan Harvard University heeft doorgebracht. Krijger is momenteel werkzaam als docent Nederlandse godsdienstgeschiedenis aan de Universiteit Leiden en publiceert over uiteenlopende onderwerpen op het gebied van de kerkelijke, theologische, politieke en sociaal-culturele geschiedenis van het Nederlandse christendom.
Article

Van Volksunie (VU) naar Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA)

Een analyse van de ideologische opvattingen van hun partijleden

Journal Res Publica, Issue 3 2016
Keywords regionalist parties, party ideology, elections, party members, Belgium
Authors Bram Wauters and Nicolas Bouteca
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    The electoral rise of the Belgian regionalist party New-Flemish Alliance (N-VA) from scratch to the country’s largest party is remarkable. We explore here to what extent the party has shifted in ideological terms compared to its less successful predecessor VU. We make use of party member survey data (a dynamic indicator of a party’s position). We distinguish three factors that impact on parties’ positions: institutional reforms, the influx of new members and changes in the internal power distribution. The results show a clear change: on each of the five policy dimensions (centre-periphery, socio-economic, moral-ethical, post-materialist and migration issues), significant differences could be found.


Bram Wauters
Bram Wauters is professor aan het Departement Politieke Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent. Hij is hoofd van de Ghent Association for the Study of Parties and Representation (GASPAR).

Nicolas Bouteca
Nicolas Bouteca is professor aan de vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de UGent en lid van de Ghent Association for the Study of Parties and Representation (GASPAR). Hij publiceerde eerder over ideologie, politieke partijen, electorale competitie en het Belgisch federalisme.
Article

Van de krant naar de Kamer en terug?

Een studie naar media-aandacht als inspiratie voor en resultaat van het Nederlandse vragenuur

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2015
Keywords Question hour, media attention, parliamentary questions, newspaper coverage, content analysis
Authors Peter Van Aelst, Rosa van Santen, Lotte Melenhorst e.a.
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    This study on the role of media attention for the Dutch question hour answers these questions: to what extent is media attention a source of inspiration for oral parliamentary questions? What explains the newsworthiness of these questions? And what explains the extent of media coverage for the questions posed during the question hour? To address this, we present a content analysis of oral parliamentary questions and related press coverage in five recent years. Results show first that oral questions are usually based on media attention for a topic. Concerns about media influence should however be nuanced: it is not necessarily the coverage itself, but also regularly a political statement that is the actual source of a parliamentary question. The media are thus an important ‘channel’ for the interaction between politicians. Second, our analysis shows that oral questions do not receive media attention naturally. Several news values help to explain the amount of news coverage that questions receive. ‘Surfing the wave’ of news attention for a topic in the days previous to the question hour seems to be the best way to generate media attention.


Peter Van Aelst
Peter Van Aelst is hoofddocent aan het Departement Politieke Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Antwerpen en lid van de onderzoeksgroep Media, Middenveld en Politiek (M2P). Daarnaast is hij deeltijds verbonden aan de Universiteit Leiden als coördinator van een VIDI-project ‘Beyond Agenda-setting’, een vergelijkende studie naar de wederkerige relatie tussen media en politiek.

Rosa van Santen
Rosa van Santen is projectleider bij het Commissariaat voor de Media. Daarvoor werkte zij als postdoc bij het Instituut voor Politieke Wetenschap van de Universiteit Leiden op het VIDI-project ‘Beyond Agenda-setting’. Ze promoveerde in 2012 bij de Amsterdam School of Communication Research van de Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Lotte Melenhorst
Lotte Melenhorst is promovenda bij de Instituten voor Politieke Wetenschap van de Universiteit Leiden en de Universiteit Antwerpen en lid van de onderzoeksgroep Media, Middenveld en Politiek (M2P). Haar onderzoek maakt deel uit van het VIDI-project ‘Beyond Agenda-setting’ en concentreert zich op de rol van de media bij de totstandkoming van wetgeving.

Luzia Helfer
Luzia Helfer is promovenda bij de Instituten voor Politieke Wetenschap van de Universiteit Leiden en de Universiteit Antwerpen en lid van de onderzoeksgroep Media, Middenveld en Politiek (M2P). In haar onderzoek bij het VIDI-project ‘Beyond Agendasetting’ bestudeert zij mechanismes in de wederkerige relatie tussen politiek en media, onder andere door middel van experimenteel onderzoek.
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Angels gedoopt in honing: politieke tekeningen en hun betekenis

Journal Res Publica, Issue 3 2015
Keywords political cartoons, visual (mis)communication, psychological defense mechanism, Dutch politics
Authors Joop van Holsteyn
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    Over the years, political cartoons have triggered debate and fierce and violent reactions. Apparently, cartoonists are able to get their critical, ‘negative’ message across both to the political elite and the general public at large. This line of reasoning, however, assumes that the communication between cartoonists and their mass public is successful, i.e., that the message that the cartoonist intends to send is correctly interpreted and received as intended. This is not obvious, since the decoding of the encrypted message of a cartoon is a complicated process that can easily go wrong, as the scarce research on the topic suggests. This study explores the idea that cartoons are correctly understood on the basis of a unique large scale survey in which over 24,000 respondents were asked via multiple-choice questions to identify the original, intended message of 11 cartoons of two Dutch cartoonists. The results show that overall it is extremely hard to correctly understand the meaning of cartoons. Moreover, among the few factors that help explain the difference in the capability to correctly understand cartoons, political preference is prominent and intriguing. People tend to ascribe a meaning to cartoons/cartoonists that fits their own political stand, and this suggests that psychological mechanisms are at work that may explain that more often than not the communication between the cartoonist and his public should likely be labelled miscommunication.


Joop van Holsteyn
Joop van Holsteyn is neerlandicus en politicoloog en is verbonden aan het Instituut voor Politieke Wetenschap van de Universiteit Leiden. In zijn onderzoek houdt hij zich onder meer bezig met verkiezingen en kiesgedrag, publieke opinie en opiniepeilingen, politieke partijen en partijlidmaatschap, en politieke tekeningen en hun betekenis.
Article

Het primacy-effect in proportionele systemen gewikt en gewogen

De casus van de Antwerpse districtsverkiezingen 2012

Journal Res Publica, Issue 1 2015
Keywords preferential voting, political candidates, primacy effect, media, campaigns
Authors Patrick van Erkel and Peter Thijssen
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    Previous research shows that the position on the ballot list strongly influences the electoral success of candidates. However, the underlying mechanisms of this effect remain unclear. The list position can have a direct influence through a so-called primacy effect, parties may anticipate on the success of candidates, or the effect can be mediated by factors such as media attention and campaign intensity. Using data from the Antwerp district elections in 2012, this paper disentangles these mechanisms. Our study confirms the direct ballot list position effect, providing evidence for the existence of a primacy effect. However, we find that part of the ballot list position effect is mediated by media attention, especially for the first candidate on the list. Campaign intensity also influences the electoral success of candidates, but does not mediate the list position effect. Finally, we find no evidence that parties successfully anticipate on the electoral success of candidates.


Patrick van Erkel
Patrick van Erkel is medewerker en doctoraatsstudent aan het Departement Politieke Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Antwerpen. Tevens is hij lid van de onderzoeksgroep Media, Middenveld en Politiek (M2P). Zijn doctoraat richt zich op het verklaren van electoraal succes van individuele kandidaten.

Peter Thijssen
Peter Thijssen is hoofddocent aan het Departement Politieke Wetenschappen van de Uni versiteit Antwerpen. Hij is lid van de onderzoeksgroep Media, Middenveld en Politiek (M2P). Zijn onderzoek spitst zich toe op de wisselwerking tussen publieke opinie en politieke participatie.

Peter Van Aelst
Peter Van Aelst is hoofddocent aan het Departement Politieke Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Antwerpen en aan het Instituut voor Politieke Wetenschap van de Universiteit Leiden en lid van de onderzoeksgroep Media, Middenveld en Politiek (M2P). Zijn onderzoek situeert zich voornamelijk in de domeinen van de politieke communicatie en vergelijkende politiek.

Kees Aarts
Kees Aarts is hoogleraar politicologie aan de Universiteit Twente en wetenschappelijk directeur van het Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies aldaar. Zijn onderzoeksbelangstelling gaat uit naar democratie, verkiezingen en kiezersgedrag.
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De impact van digitale campagnemiddelen op de personalisering van politieke partijen in Nederland (2010-2014)

Journal Res Publica, Issue 1 2015
Keywords personalization, social media, election campaigns, party politics
Authors Kristof Jacobs and Niels Spierings
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    Politicians have started to use social media more often. As such media induce personal campaigning, one might expect more personalization to follow. We explore what type of personalization social media stimulate, whether this is different for Twitter and Facebook and analyze the role of parties. We make use of quantitative and qualitative data about the Netherlands (2010-2014). We find that while theoretically the impact of social media may be big, in practice it is fairly limited: more presidentialization but not more individualization (though Twitter might increase the focus on other candidates slightly). The difference between theory and practice seems largely due to the parties. They adopt a very ambiguous stance: though they often stimulate candidates to use social media, they want to keep control nonetheless.


Kristof Jacobs
Kristof Jacobs is als universitair docent verbonden aan de Vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op politieke partijen, sociale media, kiesstelsels en uitdagingen van de democratie.

Niels Spierings
Niels Spierings is universitair docent bij de Afdeling Sociologie aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. Zijn specialismen zijn politieke en gendersociologie en onderzoeksmethoden. Thematisch focust hij op sociale media, politieke participatie en democratisering, genderongelijkheid, de politieke en economische positie van vrouwen, migratie, islam, en intersectionaliteit. Samen met Kristof Jacobs coördineert hij het project VIRAL (www.ru.nl/VIRAL).

Jan Kleinnijenhuis
Jan Kleinnijenhuis is als hoogleraar Communicatiewetenschap verbonden aan de Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op de samenstelling van politiek en economisch nieuws in nationale en internationale media, alsmede op de totstandkoming en uitwerking daarvan.
Research Note

Europese integratie en consensuspolitiek in de Lage Landen

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2014
Authors Hans Vollaard, Jan Beyers and Patrick Dumont
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Hans Vollaard
Hans Vollaard is universitair docent Nederlandse en Europese Politiek aan het Instituut Politieke Wetenschap van de Universiteit Leiden. Kernthema’s in zijn onderzoek betreffen de Europese regulering van grensoverschrijdende zorg, euroscepsis, Europese desintegratie en christelijke politiek in Nederland.

Jan Beyers
Jan Beyers is hoogleraar Politieke Wetenschappen aan de Universiteit Antwerpen en hoofd van de onderzoeksgroep Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics (ACIM). Zijn onderzoek en onderwijs situeren zich op het terrein van de institutionele theorieën, politieke organisaties en belangengroepen, vergelijkende en Europese politiek, en onderzoeksmethoden.

Patrick Dumont
Patrick Dumont is onderzoeker aan het Institute of Political Science en het European Governance Programme van de Universiteit van Luxemburg en onderzoekspartner bij de leerstoel parlementaire studies van de Luxemburgse Kamer van Afgevaardigden. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op onderwerpen als coalitietheorieën, politieke elites, partijen en partijstelsels en Europeanisering.
Article

De wetgevende macht van de media?

Een kwantitatieve analyse van media-effecten op de behandeling van wetsvoorstellen

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2013
Keywords media effects, legislation, policy process, lawmaking, Dutch politics, newspaper coverage
Authors Lotte Melenhorst
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    The media are a much-discussed subject in both the scientific and the public debate on the functioning of democracy. Nevertheless, there is relatively little empirical research on the effects of media on the most fundamental aspect of politics: the legislative process. However, this type of research is important because it helps us gain insight into the influence journalists exert. This study analyses the influence of media attention for bills on the legislative process in the Netherlands. A quantitative analysis of the newspaper coverage for recently discussed bills indicates that the parliamentary process is influenced by this coverage. This first study of media-effects on the Dutch legislative process suggests that more media-attention leads to the introduction of more amendments by both members of government and members of parliament.


Lotte Melenhorst
Lotte Melenhorst is promovenda bij het Instituut voor Politieke Wetenschap van de Universiteit Leiden. Haar onderzoek maakt deel uit van een door NWO gefinancierd VIDI-project over de relatie tussen media en politiek en concentreert zich op de rol van de media bij de totstandkoming van wetgeving.
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Vertegenwoordiging van oude en nieuwe breuklijnen in de Lage Landen

Journal Res Publica, Issue 3 2012
Keywords group representation, members of parliament, Low Countries, class, gender, ethnicity
Authors Karen Celis and Bram Wauters
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    This article investigates whether group-based politics is still relevant in Belgian and Dutch politics. Based on the PARTIREP MP Survey it more precisely studies the extent to which Belgian and Dutch parliamentarians in comparison to other European countries attach importance to the representation of ‘old’ cleavage groups (class and religious groups) or new groups (age groups, women and ethnic minorities), and which strategies are considered most appropriate. Group representation of old and new groups is found to be of great importance in both countries. Class is not dead and age groups are also highly represented. In contrast, religious groups and ethnic minorities receive far less attention in the Low Countries. Notwithstanding these similarities, there is also cross-country variation regarding the level of importance (greater in the Netherlands), the represented groups and the strategies for representation.


Karen Celis
Karen Celis is als onderzoeksprofessor verbonden aan de Vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Zij verricht onderzoek naar de politieke representatie van groepen (vrouwen, etnische minderheden, LBGT, leeftijdsgroepen en sociale klassen).

Bram Wauters
Bram Wauters is docent aan de Faculteit Handelswetenschappen en Bestuurskunde van de Hogeschool Gent en gastdocent aan de Faculteit Politieke en Sociale Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent. Zijn onderzoek gaat over politieke vertegenwoordiging, electorale systemen en politieke partijen.
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Ontzuiling van kiesgedrag. Een proces van generationele vervanging gedreven door cognitieve mobilisatie?

Een age-period-cohort-analyse van stemmen voor CDA en PvdA in Nederland, 1971-2010

Journal Res Publica, Issue 3 2012
Keywords generational replacement, age-period-cohort-analysis, composition effects, cognitive mobilization, the Netherlands, cleavage voting
Authors Ruth Dassonneville
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    Electoral behavior has changed considerably over the last few decades. The Netherlands are exemplary of how the cleavage structure has waned and how this has led to a weakening of the bonds between parties and voters and to higher levels of electoral volatility. Christian democratic and social democratic parties are most affected by these changes, because of their strong roots in the cleavage structure. The alterations in electoral behavior are generally assumed to be evolving gradually through a process of generational replacement. Composition effects on the one hand and a weakening of the impact of socio-structural factors, partly caused by cognitive mobilization on the other hand are considered to be the mechanisms behind this generational change. This paper tests these assumptions with regard to the Netherlands on the basis of the Dutch Parliamentary Election Surveys, 1971-2010. The findings indicate that while some variation between different birth cohorts is visible, most of the differences in voting for both of these parties, however, are situated at the level of election years. Furthermore, with regard to what drives change over time, the analyses indicate that while composition effects and changes in the effects of socio-structural variables are of some importance, cognitive mobilization is not causing the change observed.


Ruth Dassonneville
Ruth Dassonneville is als aspirant van het FWO verbonden aan het Departement Politieke Wetenschappen van de KULeuven. Ze bereidt een proefschrift voor over electorale volatiliteit in West-Europa.
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Tweede Orde Personalisering: Voorkeurstemmen in Nederland

Journal Res Publica, Issue 2 2012
Keywords preference voting, personalization, Dutch national elections, expressive voting
Authors Joop J.M. Van Holsteyn and Rudy B. Andeweg
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    If the impact of party leaders on the electoral fate of their parties may be called first order personalization, this paper addresses second order personalization: a preference for an individual candidate having to do with that person embedded in a prior choice for the candidate’s party. Using survey data and election results with respect to intraparty preference voting in The Netherlands, this study explores the characteristics of both voters casting a vote for a candidate other than the party leader and candidates receiving preference votes. Given the increase in intraparty preference voting, second order personalization has increased considerably in recent decades. Moreover, the correlates of second order personalization differ from those identified for first order personalization: intraparty preference votes are cast more often by higher educated, politically interested and efficacious female voters. Intraparty preference voting also seems to be a form of expressive rather than instrumental electoral behaviour: female candidates, and to a lesser extent ethnic candidates, receive more preference votes, but such votes are cast predominantly for the highest placed female (or ethnic) candidate on the list – candidates who would be elected on the basis of their position on the party list anyway.


Joop J.M. Van Holsteyn
Joop van Holsteyn is als universitair hoofddocent en bijzonder hoogleraar Kiezersonderzoek verbonden aan het Instituut voor Politieke Wetenschap van de Universiteit Leiden. Zijn onderzoek is gericht op diverse aspecten van politieke houdingen, publieke opinie en politiek en electoraal gedrag.

Rudy B. Andeweg
Rudy Andeweg is als hoogleraar empirische politicologie verbonden aan het Instituut voor Politieke Wetenschap van de Universiteit Leiden. Zijn onderzoek is gericht op diverse aspecten van politieke representatie.

Peter Van Aelst
Peter Van Aelst (1974) is verbonden aan het Instituut Politieke Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Leiden. Zijn onderwijs en onderzoek situeert zich in het domein van de politieke communicatie en de politieke psychologie.
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Partijen in spagaat?

Eensgezindheid en meningsverschillen onder leden van Nederlandse politieke partijen

Journal Res Publica, Issue 2 2010
Keywords Political parties, party members, party members survey, unity within parties, representative democracy
Authors Josje den Ridder, Joop van Holsteyn and Ruud Koole
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    Political parties are the building blocks of representative democracy since they traditionally perform roles that are considered essential for the functioning and well-being of democracy. In the study and evaluation of the democratic system as a whole, as a general rule, parties are treated as unitary actors. Most political parties, however, are membership organizations and their external functioning is partly dependent on internal affairs, including the behavior and opinions of their members. In this paper we open the black box of parties and show on the basis of a 2008 survey among seven political parties how united or divided ordinary Dutch party members are with respect to various political issues and orientations. It is shown that most parties are rather united on most issues. They are least united on two of the most pertinent issues of today’s politics, i.e. the integration of ethnic minorities and European integration.


Josje den Ridder
Josje den Ridder (1982) is politicoloog en verbonden als onderzoekster aan het Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau (project Continu Onderzoek Burgerperspectieven). Zij publiceert over verkiezingen en kiesgedrag, en over politieke partijen en partijleden. Zij werkt aan een dissertatieproject ‘Opvattingen en activisme van partijleden van Nederlandse politieke partijen rond de eeuwwisseling’.

Joop van Holsteyn
Joop van Holsteyn (1957) is neerlandicus en politicoloog. Hij is als universitair hoofddocent en bijzonder hoogleraar Kiezersonderzoek verbonden aan het Instituut voor Politieke Wetenschap, Universiteit Leiden. Hij publiceert over politieke participatie en electoraal gedrag, publieke opinie, opiniepeilingen en opinieonderzoek, extreem-rechts in Nederland en politieke cartoons.

Ruud Koole
Ruud Koole (1953) is historicus en politicoloog. Hij is als hoogleraar Politicologie, in het bijzonder met betrekking tot de Nederlandse politiek en haar institutionele ontwikkeling, verbonden aan het Instituut voor Politieke Wetenschap, Universiteit Leiden. Van dat instituut is hij de wetenschappelijk directeur. Hij publiceert over politieke partijen, interne partijdemocratie, partijfinanciën, en populisme.
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Stemrecht, stemplicht, opkomstplicht: inleiding tot het debat

Journal Res Publica, Issue 1 2010
Keywords compulsory voting, turnout, electoral participation, electoral systems, types of democracy
Authors Arend Lijphart
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    Compulsory voting was abolished in the Netherlands in 1970 without a thorough debate about the likely consequences. On several occasions, I have recommended its retention in countries that have it and its introduction in countries that do not have it. Compulsory voting has a positive effect on turnout and is a guarantee for equal electoral participation by different groups in society. However, the debate is far from closed. In particular, the relationship between compulsory voting and type of democracy (majoritarian vs consensus democracy, majoritarian vs proportional electoral systems) requires further research.


Arend Lijphart
Arend Lijphart (1936) is als onderzoeksprofessor emeritus verbonden aan de Universiteit van Californië, San Diego, USA. In 1963 promoveerde hij aan Yale University. Hij is auteur van een groot aantal gezaghebbende boeken en artikelen in het bijzonder op het terrein van de vergelijkende politicologie. In 1995-1996 was hij president van de American Political Science Association. In 2001 ontving hij een eredoctoraat van de Universiteit Leiden, in 2009 van de Universiteit Gent.
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