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The Future of Belgian Federalism: An analysis of party preferences


Dandoy, Régis; Matagne, Geoffroy; Van Wynsberghe, Caroline (2013). The Future of Belgian Federalism: An analysis of party preferences. Regional and Federal Studies, 23(3):331-351.

Abstract

This article studies the political discourses regarding the future of Belgian federalism since the year 2000. Analysing party manifestos, it intends to identify patterns of preferences about the long-term evolution of Belgian institutions and the distribution of competences. The quantitative and qualitative analysis shows that the systemic duality of Belgian federalism largely explains the preferences of political actors: French-speaking parties overall oppose the broad state reform that the Dutch-speaking parties collectively support. Yet, each party has a specific position on the decentralization cleavage and a vision of Belgian federalism that cannot be reduced to its linguistic affiliation.

Abstract

This article studies the political discourses regarding the future of Belgian federalism since the year 2000. Analysing party manifestos, it intends to identify patterns of preferences about the long-term evolution of Belgian institutions and the distribution of competences. The quantitative and qualitative analysis shows that the systemic duality of Belgian federalism largely explains the preferences of political actors: French-speaking parties overall oppose the broad state reform that the Dutch-speaking parties collectively support. Yet, each party has a specific position on the decentralization cleavage and a vision of Belgian federalism that cannot be reduced to its linguistic affiliation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:Belgium, federalism, political parties, party manifestos
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:07 Jan 2015 12:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:44
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Inc.
ISSN:1359-7566
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13597566.2013.773894

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