In the past few years, research into the political history of the Netherlands has undergone thorough innovation, partly as a consequence of the NWO programme entitled De Natiestaat. Politiek in Nederland sinds 1815 (The Nation State. Politics in the Netherlands since 1815). The Representation and Administration in the Netherlands programme dovetails neatly with the new perspectives on political history. It reaches into the distant past in order to visualize more clearly the historicity of political institutions and bureaucratic practices.
Sources will be inventoried and opened up in projects that link the Middle Ages to the 20th century, ranging from the administrative organization of the Graafschap (county) of Holland and Zeeland in the Henegouwan period up to and including the design of the constitutional state.
The programme covers seven centuries in which interaction between society and government forms the leitmotiv. All projects share one or more of the following points of departure:
• the sources to be investigated provide insight into the growth and organization of a central constellation;
• the sources to be investigated provide insight into the design and operation of the civil apparatus at (supra-)local level;
• the sources to be investigated provide insight into the extent and the forms of participation of subjects / citizens in politics and administrative activities.
prof. dr. Ida Nijenhuis