Simon Otjes

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    No longer going steady, but playing the field: Trade unions and the decline of social democracy

No longer going steady, but playing the field: Trade unions and the decline of social democracy

Parties on the centre-left often enjoy a special relationship with trade unions, but recent electoral losses for social democratic parties may limit the ability of unions to influence public policy. Simon Otjes and Anne Rasmussen examine how trade union-party relationships in the Netherlands might be affected by these developments. They argue that the losses suffered by the Social Democrats […]

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    Is a Nexit now on the cards? What the UK’s referendum means for the Netherlands

Is a Nexit now on the cards? What the UK’s referendum means for the Netherlands

One of the issues raised by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union is the effect it could have on Eurosceptic movements in other countries, with other referendums on EU membership a possibility. Simon Otjes considers the impact Brexit is having in the Netherlands. He suggests that while there will now be far greater scrutiny over European integration, it […]

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    Can only Eurosceptics oppose austerity? How divisions over integration have replaced the left/right divide in the European Parliament

Can only Eurosceptics oppose austerity? How divisions over integration have replaced the left/right divide in the European Parliament

How do economic platforms interact with support for European integration? Harmen van der Veer and Simon Otjes write that the dynamics within the European Parliament have undergone a shift since the beginning of the Eurozone crisis. Whereas in previous periods the key divide in the Parliament centred on left/right issues, opposition to European integration has now become intertwined with […]

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    Could the Netherlands’ referendum on Ukraine really create a ‘continental crisis’?

Could the Netherlands’ referendum on Ukraine really create a ‘continental crisis’?

A referendum is scheduled in the Netherlands on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement signed in 2014. Simon Otjes writes on the domestic political developments that led to the referendum being called and what the implications of a ‘no’ vote could be. He notes that while it is likely the agreement would simply be modified if Dutch voters reject it, the […]

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    Why political context is key in determining the parties interest groups choose to collaborate with

Why political context is key in determining the parties interest groups choose to collaborate with

When interest groups choose to collaborate with political parties what determines the type of party they opt to work with? Anne Rasmussen and Simon Otjes write that the two key elements shaping this decision are typically the ideological similarities between the interest group and the party, together with how powerful the party is in terms of its role in […]

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    Mapping the Greek party system after the 2015 elections: how the economy and Europe have merged into a single issue

Mapping the Greek party system after the 2015 elections: how the economy and Europe have merged into a single issue

The Greek government is still attempting to negotiate a long-term solution to the country’s debt problem, but what are the lasting implications of the 2015 Greek parliamentary elections for politics in Greece? Alexia Katsanidou and Simon Otjes present a new model for understanding the Greek party system. They argue that with the country’s economy becoming so closely linked to […]

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