Polder Politics in The Netherlands: The Re-invention of Consensus Democracy in The Netherlands

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This text examines the state of the Dutch state. The various chapters present a variegated analysis of Dutch democracy as a specimen of consensus democracy. The essential difference between a majoritarian democracy and a consensus democracy is that the former is based on concentration and centralization of power, while the latter is, by contrast, based on the spreading and sharing of power. Consecracies differ in the way they disperse and share power. This book concerns the specific way in which this happens in the Netherlands. It is also about the various consequences and interpretations associated with the Dutch way of sharing and spreading power.