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12 March 2014

During the local elections this year 18% more local parties participate than four years ago. Although traditionally Dutch local parties have quite some influence, the rise of local parties will make the Dutch political system far more complicated. The political landscape will become so disintegrated that it will be difficult to come to agreements. Not very pratical in a period where the Dutch are moving quite some responsibilities from the national level to the local level.


During the local elections this year 18% more local parties participate than four years ago. This comes out of research by the Dutch public news program NOS Journaal and the Dutch regional broadcasters. At the same time the number of traditional national parties decreased. Before the proportion was 70% national parties to 30% local parties, now it is 65 to 35%.

Although traditionally Dutch local parties have quite some influence, the rise of local parties will make the Dutch political system far more complicated. The more local parties, the more influence they get. The political landscape will become so disintegrated that it will be difficult to come to agreements.

Besides this the local divisions of traditional large parties obviously have strong ties with the national authorities. If in some municipalities the local parties take over the connections with the government and ministries might become annoyed and bad. This would happen in a period that the Dutch are moving quite some responsibilities from the national level to the local level. Officially to bring politics and the implementation closer to the people. But many say it is an ordinary financial cutback trick. Huge problems are expected and a it is clear that a disintegrated local political landscape, after the local elections on March 19, will not help.

 

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Local elections: 1,024 local issue parties are taking part

 




 

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