The Politics of Belgium: Institutions and Policy under Bipolar and Centrifugal Federalism

The Politics of Belgium: Institutions and Policy under Bipolar and Centrifugal Federalism

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ISBN-13: 9781317990024
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/13/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Marleen Brans is Associate Professor in Public Administration at the Public Management Institute of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. She teaches public administration, policy analysis, and comparative public policy. She has published articles in refereed journals such as Public Administration, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Public Management Review and the International Review in Administrative Sciences.

Lieven De Winter is Professor at the Political and Social Science Department of the Université Catholique de Louvain where he chairs the Centre de Politique Comparée. His publications include articles and books on political parties (especially autonomist ones), parliaments, cabinets, government formation, electoral behaviour, clientelism, ethnic identities, and Belgian Politics.

Wilfried Swenden is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His current research interests are in comparative federalism and regionalism, in particular intergovernmental relations and territorial party politics. He published Federalism and Regionalism in Western Europe: a comparative and thematic analysis (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - The Politics of Belgium: Institutions and Policy under Bipolar and Centrifugal Federalism Wilfried Swenden, Marleen Brans and Lieven De Winter  Part 1: Sociological and Institutional Determinants of Policy-Making  2. ‘Will It Stay or Will It Go?’ Federalism and the Sustainability of Belgium Wilfried Swenden and Maarten Theo Jans  3. And the Peace Goes On? Consociational Democracy and Belgian Politics in the Twenty-First Century Kris Deschouwer  4. Does Belgium (Still) Exist? Differences in Political Culture between Flemings and Walloons Jaak Billiet, Bart Maddens and Andre-Paul Frognier  5. Party System(s) and Electoral Behaviour in Belgium: From Stability to Balkanisation Lieven De Winter, Marc Swyngedouw and Patrick Dumont  6. Do Belgian Parties Undermine the Democratic Chain of Delegation? Lieven De Winter and Patrick Dumont  Part 2: Policy Performance and Policy Reform  7. Administrative Reform in Belgium: Maintenance or Modernisation? Marleen Brans, Christian de Visscher and Diederik Vancoppenolle  8. Policy Failure and Corruption in Belgium: Is Federalism to Blame? Jeroen Maesschalck and Steven Van de Walle  9. Policy Convergence and Divergence in Belgium: Education and Health Care Stefaan De Rynck and Karolien Dezeure  10. Social Redistribution in Federalised Belgium Bea Cantillon, Veerle De Maesschalck, Stijn Rottiers and Gerlinde Verbist  11. The European Rescue of the Federal State: How Europeanisation Shapes the Belgian State Jan Beyers and Peter Bursens  12. Conclusion - Consociationalism, Corruption and Chocolate: Belgian Exceptionalism B. Guy Peters

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