Tom Louwerse

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    Evidence from the Netherlands: How do populist parties act in parliament?

Evidence from the Netherlands: How do populist parties act in parliament?

Do populist parties behave differently from other parties when they enter parliament? Presenting evidence from a study of parties in the Netherlands, Simon Otjes and Tom Louwerse illustrate that both left-wing and right-wing populist parties tend to primarily voice opposition rather than offer policy alternatives. The growing representation of populist parties in West European parliaments is therefore likely to […]

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    The 2017 Netherlands election: Polls suggest mid-sized parties are now the new norm in Dutch politics

The 2017 Netherlands election: Polls suggest mid-sized parties are now the new norm in Dutch politics

The Netherlands will hold a general election on 15 March. Ahead of the election, Tom Louwerse takes a comprehensive look at the polling. He writes that the polls suggest a relatively large number of mid-sized parties, each commanding between 5 and 11 per cent support, will gain representation in parliament. If the final result is anything close to the […]

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