Blogpost ‘The State of Dutch Democracy: Dancing on the Deck of the Titanic?’

The state of Dutch democracy is uncertain. After last week’s elections, the stability of the political system appears guaranteed for the next couple of years. We cannot be sure, however, what will happen afterwards. This marks a change from the past.

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Affiliated Member, Center for the Study of Political Parties and Representation (CSPPR)


‘The Centre for the Study of Political Parties and Representation aims to serve as an interdisciplinary platform for scholars of Leiden University for research focusing on the historical and contemporary operation and functioning of political parties and political representation, with a particular emphasis on ‘Modern Political Parties in Flux’, i.e. the causes and consequences of the changing nature of political parties as intermediaries between society and the state.

The Centre’s mission is to build on and integrate the considerable knowledge and proficiency housed in the various institutes, to pursue new avenues of interdisciplinary research, to disseminate research findings among the academic community, relevant stakeholders as well as the broader public, and to become a nationally and internationally recognised centre of expertise in the field.

leiden-university-logoIn doing so, we draw upon and build on existing expertise at Leiden University’s Institutes of


  • The Centre hosts several research projects.
  • A joint speaker series in which members of the participating institutes and guest speakers present their work.
  • At least one public event per year, featuring speakers from the participating institutes and external speakers, targeting scholars, students, and the wider non-academic community.
  • PhD seminars for graduate students from participating institutes working on themes related to the Centre’s areas of interest.
  • Grant application seminars for members of the Centre, discussing joint and individual interdisciplinary research proposals for various national and European sources of funding on themes related to the Centre’s areas of interest.
  • Visiting fellowships, independently funded, for prominent scholars working on key themes linked to the Centre.’

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Co-editor and co-author, Regulating Political Parties. European Democracies in Comparative Perspective (2014)


‘Regulating Political Parties provides a novel and valuable contribution to the existing literature on political parties by discussing the various dimensions of party law and regulation, in Europe and other regions of the world. To what extent are political parties legitimate objects of state regulation? What are the dilemmas of regulating political finance? To what extent are parties accorded a formal constitutional status? What are the consequences of legal bans on political parties? How do legal arrangements affect parties representing ethnic minorities? These and related questions are discussed and examined from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. By bringing together international experts from the disciplines of law and political science, this volume thus addresses from an interdisciplinary and comparative point of view what has long been a notable lacuna in the study of political parties.’

The volume includes a chapter I co-authored with Jaco van den Brink, entitled ‘The SGP Case: Did it Really (Re)Launch the Debate on Party Regulation in the Netherlands?

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