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Governance of the Netherlands

Dutch history is characterised by a strongly urbanised societal structure and the early formation of a governmental system. In the times of the federal Republic, many collegiate governments were forced to reach consensus on many topics, which has led to the production of a rich variety of sources. These sources make clear that governors did not limit their discussions to political issues; they also touched upon a multitude of aspects regarding daily life. Sources from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are also characterised by a solid structure of mutual consultation. The sources frequently provide rich data covering a long period, which enables us to do longitudinal research into essential developments in Dutch society. Due to their serial nature, they are also very suitable for new methods of digital analysis.