The roots of contemporary populism in the Netherlands
In light of this week’s elections in The Netherlands, here is something we published a couple of years ago on the rise of Dutch populism, its relationship to inequality and to deep cultural and social change.
In this publication, we ask how and why the Netherlands – once a beacon of tolerance and openness – have become susceptible to the lure of populism? Dutch journalist Yvonne Zonderop reports on how Dutch society has changed profoundly over the last 20 years and the political and social consequences of this change. New divisions in society fuel Wilders’ populist rebellion and, regardless of the result today and of the coalition likely to emerge, the Dutch will have to find a way of recognising some of their citizens’ concerns to avoid further fragmentation of their politcal system.
This pamphlet is also available in Dutch here