Politics of the Netherlands

The politics of the Netherlands take place within the framework of a parliamentary representative democracy, a constitutional monarchy, and a decentralised unitary state.[1] The Netherlands is described as a consociational state.[2] Dutch politics and governance are characterised by a common striving for broad consensus on important issues, within both of the political community and society as a whole.[1]

Politics in the Netherlands

Politiek in Nederland (Dutch)
Polity typeUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
ConstitutionConstitution of the Netherlands
Legislative branch
NameStates General
TypeBicameral
Meeting placeInner Court
Upper house
NameSenate
Presiding officerJan Anthonie Bruijn, President of the Senate
Lower house
NameHouse of Representatives
Presiding officerVera Bergkamp, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Executive branch
Head of State
TitleKing
CurrentlyWillem-Alexander
AppointerHereditary
Head of Government
TitlePrime Minister
CurrentlyMark Rutte
AppointerMonarch
Cabinet
NameCabinet of the Netherlands
Council of Ministers
Current cabinetThird Rutte cabinet
LeaderPrime Minister
Deputy leaderDeputy Prime Minister
AppointerMonarch
HeadquartersInner Court
Ministries12
Judicial branch
NameJudiciary of the Netherlands
Supreme Court
Chief judgeMaarten Feteris
SeatThe Hague