Collective Behavior Research in the Netherlands: From Residual to Partnership

August 1986 (VOL. 4, NO. 2)

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Till recently, the study of collective behavior did not pose as a distinct field in Dutch social science. During the era of pillarization and consociational democracy (1917-1967) the main thrust of social and political research involved organizational factors in social and political life rather than the irregular dynamics of panics, crazes and hostile outbursts. Noninstitutional, unscheduled phenomena were not en vogue among opinion leaders and social scientists alike.