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The Myth of Mob RuleViolent Crime and Democratic Politics$
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Lisa L. Miller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190228705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190228705.001.0001

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Collective Security in the Netherlands

Collective Security in the Netherlands

(p.161) Chapter 5. Collective Security in the Netherlands
The Myth of Mob Rule

Lisa L. Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights growing rates of violence over time in the Netherlands and traces the development of political attention to crime. In direct contrast to predictions in the literature, violence and salience in the Netherlands are more tightly coupled than in any of the other cases. Here, the exceptionally low rates of violence provide a social context that conditions the political response to crime, and the proportional, parliamentary system promotes coalition governments that enact and preserve universal social policies. Such a context results in some surprising outcomes, such as less varied policy responses to dramatic rises in criminal violence. Chapter 5 then turns to comparisons between the salience of crime across the three case studies and across the three types of democratic systems. This comparison results in some surprising findings, notably that the linkage between violence and salience is greater in the Netherlands than in the US or UK.

Keywords:   social policy, violence, parliamentary, Netherlands, crime

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