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A former founding father in search of control
Ben J.S. Hoetjes

good cause, to be left to the experts and to the elite. Until the mid-1960s, when the system of pillarisation1 was still in force, the general public was quite willing to leave politics to its pillarised elites (Catholic, Protestant, Socialist or Liberal-Conservative). Within the political elite, there was hardly any disagreement about European integration, and the general public played its role as a ‘captive audience’. In the mid-1960s, relations between the voters and the elite, and within the elite, became less predictable. New parties emerged, and ‘floating

in Fifteen into one?
Geoffrey K. Roberts
and
Patricia Hogwood

paedophile scandal (Belgium) pantouflage peaceful revolution (East Germany) perestroika Petersberg Agreements (Germany) pillarisation political asylum [See: asylum] Politikverdrossenheit poll tax popular front populism postmaterialism Potsdam conference Poujadism privatisation Profumo Affair proportional representation

in The politics today companion to West European Politics