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The Leadership Capital IndexA New Perspective on Political Leadership$
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Mark Bennister, Ben Worthy, and Paul 't Hart

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198783848.001.0001

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Modern Prime-Ministerial Leadership in the Netherlands

Modern Prime-Ministerial Leadership in the Netherlands

Consensus or Confrontation?

(p.164) Chapter 9 Modern Prime-Ministerial Leadership in the Netherlands
The Leadership Capital Index

Marij Swinkels

Sabine van Zuydam

Femke Van Esch

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the leadership style of Dutch prime ministers (PMs) and asks the question what type of leadership skills, relations, and reputations are most effective in modern Dutch politics: a consensual or confrontational style. While Dutch politics traditionally favors leaders who employ a consensus-oriented leadership style, prime ministers Balkenende (2002–2010) and Rutte (2010–present) served at a time when socio-cultural changes and mediatization of politics were challenging this political practice. By applying a modified version of the Leadership Capital Index (LCI), the chapter shows that to ensure re-election, both PMs struck a careful balance between the consensual and confrontational leadership styles. Whereas the study indicates that prime ministers have considerable leeway in how to strike that balance, the results suggest that it is essential that they maintain constructive relations with their peers in government and parliament to be electorally successful in the Dutch political system.

Keywords:   leadership capital, LCI, Dutch politics, prime ministers, mediatization, leadership style, consensus democracy, democratic practices

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