Leadership, media, and representation in The Netherlands between 1963 and 1967: the rise of audience democracy or counter-democracy?
This thesis looks at the changes in democracy in The Netherlands during the end of the sixties. Historians often dub the period a crisis, because of the decline of big, traditional parties, and the rise of more populistisc parties. These developments, however, could also be explained differently with the use of two major theories on changes in democracy. These theories shall be further examined in combination with historical evidence. The main conclusion is that democracy did not change in any major way, but style of politics did. Leadership became a lot more important than before, hence we can say an 'audience democracy' emerged in The Netherlands during this period.
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