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A Tiny Spot on the Earth: The Political Culture of the Netherlands in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century
by Piet de Rooy
Amsterdam University Press, 2015
Cloth: 978-90-8964-704-7 | eISBN: 978-90-485-2416-7
Library of Congress Classification DJ216.R644 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.1

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In this survey of the Dutch political culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Piet de Rooij reveals that the “polder model” often used to describe economic and social policymaking based on consensus is a myth. Instead, modern political culture in the Dutch Low Countries began with a revolution and is rife with rivalries among political and ideological factions. He argues that because of its extremely open economy, the country is vulnerable to external political, cultural, and economic pressures, and Dutch politics is a balancing act between profiting from international developments and maintaining sovereignty. The sudden rise of populism and Euroscepticism at the turn of the millennium, then, indicated a loss of this balance. Shining new light on the political culture of the Netherlands, this book provides insights into the polder model and the principles of pillarization in Dutch society.

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