Politics of the Netherlands

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The politics of the Netherlands take place within the framework of a parliamentary representative democracy, a constitutional monarchy and a decentralised unitary state[citation needed]. The Netherlands is described as a consociational state.[1] Dutch politics and governance are characterised by a common striving for broad consensus on important issues, within both the political community and society as a whole.[citation needed]



The constitution lists the basic civil and social rights of the Dutch citizens and it describes the position and function of the institutions that have executive, legislative and judiciary power.

It should be noted that the constitution of the Netherlands is only applicable in the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Kingdom as a whole has its own Statute, describing its federate political system which also includes the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten.

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