International Handbook on Mental Health Policy

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The Netherlands

Silvia Evers, Meindert J. Haveman,
Curd M. V.W. Jacobs, and Rob V. Bijl


OVERVIEW

The Netherlands is a relatively small (41,574 square kilometers) and densely populated country (nearly 15 million inhabitants in 1989) situated in Western Europe. In the north and west it borders on the North Sea and in the east and south on Germany and Belgium. In the Netherlands 26 percent of all inhabitants are nineteen or younger and 13 percent are sixty-five or older. Of the total population, 4 percent are nonnative, with Turkish and Moroccan people as the largest groups. In addition, a substantial part of this population consists of former inhabitants of the former Dutch colonies, such as Surinam ( Dutch Guiana) and the Dutch Antilles.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a constitutional and hereditary monarchy with a parliament and a democratically chosen government. The executive power lies in the Crown, while the legislative power is exercised by the Crown and both houses of parliament. The Staten-Generaal consists of the First Chamber and the Second Chamber. The members of the First Chamber are elected indirectly, the members of the Second Chamber directly. The government and the members of the Second Chamber can introduce a bill. The Second Chamber also has the right of amendment. The members of the First Chamber can only pass or refuse a bill without the right of amendment. In the Netherlands there are about ten political parties that have a delegation in the First and Second Chambers. The three main parties are the Christian Democratic Appeal, the Labor Party, and the Liberal Party.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • Foreword xv
  • 1: An Overview of Mental Health Policy from an International Perspective 1
  • 2: Argentina 19
  • 3: Canada 45
  • Notes 65
  • References 65
  • 4: Chile 67
  • 5: India 79
  • References 106
  • 6: Israel 109
  • Notes 134
  • Notes 135
  • 7: Italy 139
  • References 154
  • 8: Japan 159
  • Notes 174
  • 9: Korea 177
  • Notes 195
  • 10: The Netherlands 197
  • Notes 215
  • New Zealand 217
  • 12: Nigeria 253
  • Notes 269
  • Pakistan 273
  • Notes 286
  • 14: People's Republic of China 287
  • Notes 300
  • 15: Romania 303
  • References 329
  • 16: Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States 331
  • References 350
  • References 350
  • 17: Audi Arabia 353
  • References 365
  • 18: Turkey 367
  • References 388
  • 19: The United Kingdom 391
  • References 410
  • 20: The United States 413
  • References 442
  • References 443
  • 21: Zambia 447
  • References 474
  • Index 477
  • About the Contributors 483
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