About the 2002 Dutch Candidate Study


The Dutch candidate survey is part of an ongoing cross national study of political candidates and is modeled after other candidate surveys conducted in New Zealand, Germany, and Australia.


Following the May 2002 election, we sent postal surveys to all candidates representing each of the ten parties achieving parliamentary representation. The overall response rate was 58 percent. The 16 page Dutch/English questionnaire included questions arranged under the following sub-headings: Political Background and Activity; Candidate Selection and Campaigning; Opinions and Policies: Government and the Electoral System; Background Information; and The Role of an MP.


This project was funded by a grant from the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR).


Questions about this survey should be addressed to Jeffrey Karp at j.karp@bsk.utwente.nl.