Democracy


Democracy
   As elsewhere in the West, democracy in the Nether lands has been slow in development. In 1796, the Batavian Repub lic created a National Assembly chosen by “universal” suffrage (of men not being paupers). After the Napoleonic occupation, the new monarchy was headed by a constitutional king, but parliamentary power was weak. It took several decades for responsible government to be accepted by King William III. As of 1870, modern political parties were established, and the right to vote was gradually ex tended. However, it was not until 1917–1919 that true universal suf frage for men and women was laid down in the constitution.

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. . 2012.

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