Dutch government is coalition government. The causes of coalition government in the Netherlands (socio-cultural minorities, multiparty system, PR) have been discussed in the three preceding chapters. In this chapter we turn to the important consequences of the coalition imperative for Dutch government. The first part of this chapter is devoted to the formation of governments. The process itself is described, as well as the critique and attempts to give Dutch voters more say over the composition of the government. We shall compare the outcomes of the process with the predictions based on rational-choice models of coalition building. The second part of the chapter looks into the decision-making by Cabinets once they are formed. The structure of the Cabinet is outlined, and the twin pulls of administration and politics on Cabinet decision-making are discussed.
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