The members of the Senate and the House of Representatives represent the people of the Netherlands. But how do these representatives of the people know what their voters want?
House of representatives
The main duties of the House of Representatives are co-legislation and checking that the Government carries out its work properly. The House of Representatives also plays an important role in policy-making.
The Senate is one of the two chambers of the Dutch Parliament. It is not elected directly by the Dutch people.
Duties and rights of Parliament
The House of Representatives has two main duties: making laws and scrutinising the work of the Government. The duties of the Senate are scrutinising the Government and considering bills approved by the House of Representatives.
The Cabinet comprises the Prime Minister, the other Ministers and the State Secretaries. The Cabinet formulates and is accountable for the Government’s policies.
Coalition vs Opposition
The political parties that make up the Cabinet are called coalition parties. Parties that are not included in the Cabinet are called opposition parties. They can be said to oppose the coalition parties, as it were