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A Political Assassination and a Crisis of Legitimacy: The Murder of Pim Fortuyn

  • Arjen BoinEmail author
  • Sanneke Kuipers
  • Tim de Jongh
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Part of the New Security Challenges book series (NSECH)

Abstract

The murder of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002 shocked the nation. Fortuyn had challenged the political order by winning the local elections in Rotterdam. He was poised to win the national elections, which were to be held just weeks after his death. Fortuyn sought to represent the ‘forgotten men and women’. The reaction to his assassination was ferocious: the parliament was nearly stormed and the legitimacy of the incumbent order rapidly declined. This chapter analyses the effort of national politicians to manage this legitimacy crisis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Public Institutions and Governance, Institute of Political ScienceLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute of Security and Global AffairsLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Independent ResearcherLeidenThe Netherlands

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