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Record number 402344
Title Policy Agenda Dynamics and Coalitionability under Stress in the Netherlands
Author(s) Timmermans, A.; Breeman, G.E.
Event 3rd International Comparative Policy Agendas Conference, 2010-07-17/2010-07-18
Department(s) Public Administration and Policy
WASS
Publication type Abstract in scientific journal or proceedings
Publication year 2010
Abstract In political systems with party government, the party or coalition of parties taking office intends to program the policy agenda. While much research has been done on the making and breaking of governments, in particular coalition governments, we still know little about the actual development of the policy agenda when these governments are in office. Do coalition governments stick to their initial agenda, or are they moving away from it - forced by external circumstances or because they realize rescheduling of priorities is necessary for political survival? This contribution links two key policy agendas of govenments in the Netherlands, a typical coalition system in Europe: coalition agreements made in government formation, and the legislative agenda as it is formed and updated annually during the government's life time. The aim of the analysis is to better understand agenda dynamics in coalition governance in The Netherlands. How do coalition governments use their institutional capacity for prioritization, and what are the consequences over longer time periods?
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