Winter 2013(New Politics Vol. XIV No. 2, Whole Number 54)
Describing Dutch society and politics in 2012, sociologist Willem Schinkel used the metaphor of a museum. Conservative and turned inward, Dutch society is afraid of change, fixated on something called "Dutch values." One expression of this is the right-wing, nationalist populism that since a decade stood in the center of Dutch politics and public debate. Social-economic policies were guided by an unquestioned acceptance of neoliberal principles. The elections of 2012 seemed a chance to break with this pattern.
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