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Hoe populistisch zijn Geert Wilders en Rita Verdonk?

Verschillen en overeenkomsten in optreden en discours van twee politici

Tijdschrift Res Publica, Aflevering 4 2009
Trefwoorden populism, Netherlands, discourse, Geert Wilders, Rita Verdonk
Auteurs Koen Vossen
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    In the Netherlands, the rise of new parties such as the Lijst Pim Fortuyn, the Partij voor de Vrijheid, lead by Geert Wilders and the movement Trots op Nederland, lead by Rita Verdonk, have attracted much attention. In an attempt to interpret and explain the (temporary) advance of these parties, both commentators and political scientists have often used the notion of populism. In most commentaries however, it remains unclear what the term exactly means and whether it has any explanatory value. The aim of this article is to investigate whether Rita Verdonk and Geert Wilders and their movements may actually be labelled as populist. By discerning the presence of the features of an ideal-typical populism in discourse and performance of both politicians their ‘degree of populism’ is measured. The differences in degree of populism also helps to explain why Geert Wilders and his party proved (thus far) more successful and durable.


Koen Vossen
Koen Vossen (1971) is universitair docent Nederlandse politiek Instituut Politieke Wetenschap, Universiteit Leiden. In 2003 is hij gepromoveerd op een proefschrift getiteld Vrij vissen in het Vondelpark. Kleine politieke partijen in Nederland 1918-1940 (Wereldbibliotheek 2003). Zijn belangstelling gaat vooral uit naar protestpartijen en populisme in de Nederlandse politiek in heden en verleden.
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Onafhankelijke referendumcommissies: kenmerkend voor de Nederlandse consensusdemocratie

Tijdschrift Res Publica, Aflevering 1 2009
Trefwoorden referendum, independent referendum body, consensus democracy, local politics
Auteurs Philip van Praag
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    Since the nineties of the last century, there has been a modest rise of local referendums in the Netherlands. This article describes the important role played by independent local referendum committees, one of the most remarkable characteristics of the recent Dutch referendum experience. Their task is among others to advice about the wording of the question, to supervise the organisation of the referendum and the campaign and to handle complaints. The need to use an independent body to support the referendum process is missing in countries as Switzerland and the United States. The lack of referendum experience and the lack of confidence in Dutch local authorities forced them to introduce independent local referendum bodies. The role of these institutions fits in the traditions of the Dutch consensus democracy to engage experts to depoliticise delicate political problems.


Philip van Praag
Philip van Praag (°1949) is universitair hoofddocent politicologie aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Hij houdt zich voornamelijk bezig met politieke partijen, verkiezingscampagnes, politieke communicatie en referenda.
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Volksraadplegingen: kan België wat leren van Nederland?

Tijdschrift Res Publica, Aflevering 1 2009
Trefwoorden referendum, local referenda, local politics
Auteurs Jo Buelens
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    Belgium did not organise a referendum on the European Constitution, like the Netherlands, even though there were some initiatives to make it legally possible. In the Netherlands there is also more experience with referenda at the local level. For decades there has been a debate about how to make it legal at the national level, but after many attempts, there is still no law that makes referenda possible at that level. The aim of this article is to compare Belgium and the Netherlands in order to identify similarities and differences. Some explanation can be found in the past, which clarifies why Belgium is reluctant to referenda and why at the local level this tool is not as often used as in the Netherlands. The main conclusion is that in spite of the referendum on the European Constitution in the Netherlands and the more frequent use of local referenda in that country, the political classes in Belgium and the Netherlands are comparable in their reluctant attitude towards this consultation of their citizens. Both countries continue to evaluate referenda as not in accordance with the system of representative democracy.


Jo Buelens
Jo Buelens (°1954) is verbonden aan de vakgroep politieke wetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Zijn belangstelling gaat met name uit naar politieke partijen, verkiezingen en lokale politiek. Hij doceert tevens aan de Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel.
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