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Political Dynasties and Direct Elections in Bicameralism: Democratisation in the Netherlands

Van Coppenolle, Brenda (2022) 'Political Dynasties and Direct Elections in Bicameralism: Democratisation in the Netherlands.' Electoral Studies, 76. p. 102454. ISSN 0261-3794

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Do direct elections reduce political dynasties? Or do they displace dynastic continuation to the non-elected chamber in bicameral systems? Using historical data on family links of Dutch legislators, this paper examines a revolutionary change in selection rules for the chambers of the Dutch bicameral parliament after 1848. Before 1848, there were few differences between legislators across chambers. About seventy percent of either chamber would start a political dynasty. In 1848, in response to revolutionary events elsewhere in Europe, these elites had to adapt unexpectedly quickly to direct elections. After the reform, dynastic perpetuation became less likely in the directly elected chamber, but more likely in the senate. Dynastic perpetuation decreased after direct elections were introduced, but some dynasties survived in the senate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Direct elections; Political Dynasties; Bicameralism; Democratisation; the Netherlands
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2022 16:55
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 09:32

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