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Literature Review

Access_open Preference Voting in the Low Countries

A Research Overview

Tijdschrift Politics of the Low Countries, Aflevering 1 2020
Trefwoorden elections, electoral systems, preference voting, candidates, personalization
Auteurs Bram Wauters, Peter Thijssen en Patrick Van Erkel
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Preference votes constitute one of the key features of (open and flexible) PR-list electoral systems. In this article, we give an extensive overview of studies conducted on preference voting in Belgium and the Netherlands. After elaborating on the definition and delineation of preference voting, we scrutinize studies about which voters cast preference votes (demand side) and about which candidates obtain preference votes (supply side). For each of these aspects, both theoretical approaches and empirical results are discussed and compared. At the same time, we also pay attention to methodological issues in these kinds of studies. As such, this research overview reads as an ideal introduction to this topic which has repercussions on many other subfields of political science.


Bram Wauters
Bram Wauters is an associate professor at the Department of Political Sciences of Ghent University, where he leads the research group GASPAR. His research interests include political representation, elections and political parties, with special attention to diversity. He has recently published in journals such as International Political Science Review, Party Politics, Political Studies, and Political Research Quarterly. He is co-editor (with Knut Heidar) of ‘Do parties still represent?’ (Routledge, 2019).

Peter Thijssen
Peter Thijssen is a professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Antwerp, where he is a member the research group M2P (Media, Movements and Politics). His research focuses on political sociology, public opinion and political participation. He has published in such journals as British Journal of Sociology, Electoral Studies, Energy Policy, European Journal of Social Theory, Party Politics and Risk Analysis. He has co-edited ‘New Public Spheres’ (Ashgate, 2013) and ‘Political Engagement of the Young’ (Routledge, 2016).

Patrick Van Erkel
Patrick van Erkel is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science of the University of Antwerp, where he is connected to the research group M2P (Media, Movements and Politics). His research interests include electoral behavior, public opinion, political communication and polarization. He has published in journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, European Political Science Review and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties.
Research Notes

Paid Digital Campaigning During the 2018 Local Elections in Flanders

Which Candidates Jumped on the Bandwagon?

Tijdschrift Politics of the Low Countries, Aflevering 3 2019
Trefwoorden local elections, candidates, campaign spending, digital campaigning
Auteurs Gunther Vanden Eynde, Gert-Jan Put, Bart Maddens e.a.
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This research note investigates the role of paid digital campaigning in the 2018 local elections in Flanders. We make use of the official declarations which candidates are legally required to submit. In these declarations, candidates indicate whether and how much they invested in online campaigning tools during the four months preceding the elections. We collected data on a sample of 3,588 individual candidates running in the 30 municipalities of the Leuven Arrondissement. A multilevel logistic regression model shows that the odds of spending on digital campaigning increases among incumbent aldermen and local councillors. The latter finding supports the normalization thesis of digital campaigning. The results also show that scale is important – the more potential voters a candidate has, the higher the odds that the candidate invests in digital tools.


Gunther Vanden Eynde
Gunther Vanden Eynde is a doctoral researcher at the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute. His research interests include political finance, campaign spending and the social media campaigns of Belgian political parties and their candidates.

Gert-Jan Put
Gert-Jan Put is a Senior Researcher at the Research Center for Regional Economics, KU Leuven. His research focuses on candidate selection and intra-party competition, and has been published in Political Behavior, Party Politics and Electoral Studies.

Bart Maddens
Bart Maddens is a professor of political science at the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute His research interests include political finance, elections and multi-level systems. His work has been published in West European Politics, Party Politics and Electoral Studies.

Gertjan Muyters
Gertjan Muyters is a doctoral researcher at the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute. His research focuses on candidate turnover and political careers.
Article

Access_open Opening the Opaque Blank Box

An Exploration into Blank and Null Votes in the 2018 Walloon Local Elections

Tijdschrift Politics of the Low Countries, Aflevering 3 2019
Trefwoorden voting, elections, blank vote, invalid vote, abstention
Auteurs Jean-Benoit Pilet, Maria Jimena Sanhuza, David Talukder e.a.
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In this article, we propose an in-depth exploration of blank and null ballots in the recent 2018 local elections in Wallonia (Belgium). In the official results, both blank and null ballots are merged together and are classified as invalid votes. After obtaining the authorization to access genuine electoral ballots, we study the votes which were not considered for the composition of local councils in detail. The dataset is a representative sample of 13,243 invalidated ballots from 49 Walloon municipalities. We first describe how many of these invalidated ballots are blank and how many are null votes, as well as the nature of the nulled votes (unintended errors or intentionally spoiled ballots). Second, we dig deeper into the differences between ballots that have been intentionally invalidated by voters (blank votes and intentional null votes) and ballots non-intentionally invalidated. Our results show that most of the ballots (two-thirds) are null ballots and that among them, half are unintentional null ballots. Finally, we show that contextual (socio-demographic and political) factors explain the variations in intentional and unintentional null votes across municipalities.


Jean-Benoit Pilet
Jean-Benoit Pilet is professor of political science at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He works on elections, political parties, and democratic reforms. He has recently co-authored Faces on the Ballot. The Personalization of Electoral Systems in Europe (OUP, 2016, with Alan Renwick) and The Politics of Party Leadership (OUP, 2016, with William Cross).

Maria Jimena Sanhuza
Maria Jimena Sanhueza is PhD Researcher in Political Science at Universite Libre de Bruxelles where she is associated to three projects studying Belgian politics. Her research focuses on citizenship, representation and democracy. Before starting her PhD, Maria Jimena worked as assistant researcher for EU HORIZON 2020 projects Pathways to Power and Solidarity in Times on Crisis, and co-authored a few publications on European democracies and representation.

David Talukder
David Talukder is PhD candidate at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He is conducting a thesis on the reform of representative democracy, looking at disadvantaged groups’ evaluation of representative democracy and demands for procedural democratic reforms. His main research interests are related to procedural democratic reforms, participatory democracy and democratic innovations.

Jérémy Dodeigne
Jérémy Dodeigne is associate professor in political science at the Université de Namur. His research areas cover the study of political representation in multilevel systems, local politics, comparative politics and mixed methods research designs. His work appears in journals such as Party Politics, American Behavioral Scientist, Local Government Studies, Regional & Federal Studies, Government & Opposition, and Representation.

Audrey E. Brennan
Audrey E. Brennan is completing a joint doctorate in political science at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Université Laval. Her research interests are political parties, elections, and political participation. Her dissertation studies the effect of leadership change mechanisms on the long-term behaviour of political party members.

Sofie Hennau
Sofie Hennau is a postdoctoral research at the Center for Government and Law, Hasselt University. Her research focuses on local elections and on the relationship between politics and administration at the local level.

Johan Ackaert
Johan Ackaert is professor at the Center for Government and Law, Hasselt University. His research interests are local government and local governance.
Article

Split-Ticket Voting in Belgium

An Analysis of the Presence and Determinants of Differentiated Voting in the Municipal and Provincial Elections of 2018

Tijdschrift Politics of the Low Countries, Aflevering 3 2019
Trefwoorden split-ticket voting, local elections, voting motives, Belgium, PR-system
Auteurs Tony Valcke en Tom Verhelst
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This article tackles the particular issue of split-ticket voting, which has been largely overlooked in Belgian election studies thus far. We contribute to the literature by answering two particular research questions: (1) to what extent and (2) why do voters cast a different vote in the elections for the provincial council as compared to their vote in the elections for the municipal council?
    The article draws on survey data collected via an exit poll in the ‘Belgian Local Elections Study’, a research project conducted by an inter-university team of scholars.
    Our analysis shows that nearly 45% of the total research population cast a split-ticket vote in the local elections of 2018. However, this number drops to one out of four if we only consider a homogenous party landscape at both levels by excluding the numerous votes for ‘local’ lists (which occur mostly at the municipal level). This finding underlines the importance of accounting for the electoral and institutional context of the different electoral arenas in research on split-ticket voting in PR systems. In the Belgian context, split-ticket voting in 2018 also differed between the different parties and regions. Furthermore, it was encouraged by a higher level of education and familiarity with particular candidates. This candidate-centred and strategic voting was matched by party identification and the urban municipal context favouring straight-ticket voting. Other factors such as region, a rural municipal context and preferential voting seemed more relevant to determine voting for local parties than using the instrument of split-ticket votes as such.


Tony Valcke
Tony Valcke is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of Ghent University (Belgium). He is a member of the Centre for Local Politics (CLP) and coordinator of the Teacher Training Department. His research, publications and educational activities focus on elections and democratic participation/innovation, (the history of) political institutions and (local) government reform, political elites and leadership, citizenship (education).

Tom Verhelst
Tom Verhelst is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium) and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Political Science at Maastricht University (the Netherlands). His research focuses on the Europeanisation of local government (with a particular interest for the regulatory mobilisation of local government in EU decision-making processes) and on the role and position of the local council in Belgium and the Netherlands (with a particular interest for local council scrutiny).
Research Notes

Sub-Constituency Campaigning in PR Systems

Evidence from the 2014 General Elections in Belgium

Tijdschrift Politics of the Low Countries, Aflevering 3 2019
Trefwoorden Sub-constituency campaigning, PR system, political advertisements, election campaign, content analysis
Auteurs Jonas Lefevere, Knut De Swert en Artemis Tsoulou-Malakoudi
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Sub-constituency campaigning occurs when parties focus their campaign resources on specific geographical areas within an electoral district. This behaviour was traditionally thought to occur only in single-member plurality elections, but recent research demonstrates that proportional systems with multi-member districts can also elicit sub-constituency campaigning. However, most studies of sub-constituency campaigning rely on self-reported measures of campaigning, not direct measures of campaign intensity in different regions and communities. We present novel data on geographical variations in the intensity of Flemish parties’ campaign advertising during the 2014 general elections in Belgium, which provides a direct measure of sub-constituency campaigning. Our findings show clear evidence of sub-constituency campaigning: parties campaign more intensely in municipalities where they have stronger electoral support and in municipalities with greater population density.


Jonas Lefevere
Jonas Lefevere is assistant professor at Vesalius College and the Institute for European Studies (VUB). His research interests include the strategic communication of political elites, the effects of campaign communication on political attitudes and electoral choice and the role of issue perceptions in electoral behavior.

Knut De Swert
Knut De Swert is Assistant Professor, Political Communication and Journalism, at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands). His research is situated in the field of media and politics, and mainly focuses on the quality of (political) journalism and foreign news in a comparative perspective.

Artemis Tsoulou-Malakoudi
Artemis Tsoulou-Malakoudi is a student research assistant for the EOS research project RepResent which focuses on representation and democratic resentment. She is currently following a Research Master’s at the University of Amsterdam with an interest in political communication research.
Thema

Access_open Lokaal bestuur in Vlaanderen en Nederland: een verkennende vergelijking

Inleiding op het themanummer ‘De gemeenteraad in Vlaanderen en Nederland vergeleken’

Tijdschrift Bestuurs­wetenschappen, Aflevering 3 2019
Auteurs Prof. dr. Marcel Boogers en Prof. dr. Herwig Reynaert
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    There are many good reasons to dwell a little longer on current developments in Dutch and Flemish local government and to examine what both countries can learn from each other. Despite all the differences, Flemish and Dutch municipalities have more in common than with local government in France, the United Kingdom, German Länder or Scandinavian countries. Different words are used on both sides of the border, but the duties and powers of local officials are largely the same. It is therefore a good reason to subject the local government on either side of the border to a first comparison, as a prelude to the contributions in this special issue. After an initial interpretation of the institutional and administrative differences and agreements, the editors of this special issue discuss a number of current discussions about the role and position of the municipal council in Flanders and the Netherlands. They conclude with a brief introduction to the two contributions to this special issue.


Prof. dr. Marcel Boogers
Prof. dr. M.J.G.J.A. Boogers is hoogleraar Innovatie en Regionaal Bestuur aan de Universiteit Twente, senior adviseur Openbaar Bestuur bij BMC en hoofdredacteur van Bestuurswetenschappen.

Prof. dr. Herwig Reynaert
Prof. dr. H. Reynaert is hoogleraar politieke wetenschappen bij het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek van de Universiteit Gent en redactielid van Bestuurswetenschappen.
Article

Split Offer and Homogeneous Response in Belgium

The Conceptual and Empirical Limitations of (De)Nationalization

Tijdschrift Politics of the Low Countries, Aflevering 2 2019
Trefwoorden (de-)nationalization, voting behaviour, party offer, voter response, methodological nationalism
Auteurs Luana Russo, Kris Deschouwer en Tom Verthé
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    By examining the Belgian case, this article aims to show that methodological nationalism is strongly present in the literature on nationalization of party offer and voting behaviour. In nationalization studies, Belgium is often presented as a typical example of a denationalized country. This is true for the party offer, as it is de facto split between the two language groups since the 1980s, and therefore also voter response at the national level. However, voter response within each separate subnational party system is very homogeneous and shows interesting differences between these party systems that inform us about important electoral dynamics. We argue, on the basis of our results, that rather than stretching the concept of nationalization, it is preferable and justified to treat the concepts of nationalization of the party offer and homogenization of voter response as analytically distinct and not as two sides of the same coin.


Luana Russo
Luana Russo, Maastricht University.

Kris Deschouwer
Kris Deschouwer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Tom Verthé
Tom Verthé, Ghent University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Thema-artikel

Strategische planning en fusies in Vlaamse gemeenten

Een essay over Vlaamse ervaringen met New Public Management-hervormingen

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 1 2019
Trefwoorden new public management, local government, strategic planning, municipal mergers, Flemish municipalities
Auteurs Bert George PhD
Samenvatting

    In the past years, Flemish municipalities have been confronted with a plethora of new public management reforms. The two probably most salient reforms include the introduction of a strategic planning system entitled the policy and management cycle (PMC) as well as the provision of financial incentives for municipalities that undertake a merger. These reforms are not unique to the Flemish context. Indeed, similar reforms took place in the Netherlands, where policy and management instruments (PMI) – a strategic planning system – were introduced in the eighties and municipal mergers have been part of the political agenda for several decades. But similar reforms also took place in, for instance, the United Kingdom (i.e. the best value regime in 1999) as well as Denmark (i.e. the municipal mergers in 2007). In this essay, these Flemish reforms are critically evaluated, taking into account following question: which public values are triggered through these reforms, and what might this imply for the Flemish and Dutch local public sector? This essay uses new public governance principles such as strategic thinking and the learning organisation to answer this question.


Bert George PhD
Article

Transformative Welfare Reform in Consensus Democracies

Tijdschrift Politics of the Low Countries, Aflevering 1 2019
Trefwoorden consensus democracy, welfare state, social investment, transformative reform, Belgium and the Netherlands
Auteurs Anton Hemerijck en Kees van Kersbergen
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This article takes up Lijphart’s claim that consensus democracy is a ‘kinder, gentler’ form of democracy than majoritarian democracy. We zoom in on contemporary welfare state change, particularly the shift towards social investment, and argue that the kinder, gentler hypothesis remains relevant. Consensus democracies stand out in regard to the extent to which their political institutions help to overcome the politically delicate intricacies of governing for the long term. We theorize the features that can help to solve the problem of temporal commitment in democracy through processual mechanisms and illustrate these with short case studies of the contrasting welfare state reform experiences in the Netherlands and Belgium.


Anton Hemerijck
Anton Hemerijck is Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.

Kees van Kersbergen
Kees van Kersbergen is Professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science of Aarhus University, Denmark.

    Municipal amalgamations form a red thread through the history of local government in the Netherlands. With varying intensity, this country was continuously confronted with adjustments of the municipal scale. Where once the focus was rather one-sided on the minimum number of inhabitants of a municipality, we see that since the nineties questions were asked about the amalgamation policy. From now on a lack of administrative power had to be demonstrated before an amalgamation would be carried through. These critical remarks however didn’t lead to a downfall in the number of municipal amalgamations. Amalgamation and merger will always continue in the Netherlands. The Flemish policy on amalgamation appears to be quite different. Since the large-scale merger operation in 1976 Flanders was no more confronted with municipal amalgamations. The former Flemish government however, announced at its appointment in 2009 that it would encourage voluntary mergers of municipalities with financial and administrative incentives. The present Flemish government treads the same path. The incentives put in place by the former Flemish legislature are even increased. They even appear to bear fruit. In the provinces Limburg and East-Flanders several municipalities have indicated to investigate a merger. Some of them even have taken the principal decision to merger in the municipal councils involved. This article describes and compares the municipal amalgamation policies of the Netherlands and Flanders. The authors also investigate what both can learn from each other.


Prof. dr. Koenraad De Ceuninck
Prof. dr. K. De Ceuninck is politicoloog en hoogleraar bij het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek aan de Universiteit Gent.

Dr. Klaas Abma
Dr. K. Abma is programmamanager bij de gemeente Súdwest-Fryslân (Zuidwest-Friesland). In 2012 promoveerde hij aan de Open Universiteit bij Arno Korsten op een onderzoek naar het beoordelen van gemeenten.

Dr. Rik Reussing
Dr. G.H. Reussing is redactiesecretaris van Bestuurswetenschappen en onderwijscoördinator van de opleiding European Public Administration aan de Universiteit Twente.
Article

Access_open Beleidsonderzoek benutten

Tijdschrift Beleidsonderzoek Online, april 2014
Auteurs Prof. dr. A.F.A. Korsten en drs. Anne Douwe van der Meer AC
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Achter opdrachtresearch gaat de veronderstelling schuil dat de tussen- en eindresultaten van beleidsonderzoek vroeg of laat ook benut worden en onderdeel worden van een proces van bezinning op beleid. Dit artikel handelt hierover. Diverse aspecten van benutting van onderzoek komen aan bod, zoals de definitie en vormen van benutting. Er worden vier richtingen onderscheiden om de omvang en vorm van benutting of onderbenutting op te sporen. Het artikel geeft voorts verklaringen voor achterblijvende benutting en bevat adviezen om te komen tot meer benutting. Voor ambtenaren, bestuurders en partners in beleidsnetwerken biedt deze beschouwing aanknopingspunten om researchresultaten desgewenst beter te benutten. En voor onderzoekers bevat dit artikel tal van aanzetten tot hypothesevorming voor verder onderzoek.


Prof. dr. A.F.A. Korsten
Prof. dr. A.F.A. Korsten is honorair hoogleraar Bestuurskunde van de lagere overheden aan de Universiteit Maastricht en emeritus hoogleraar Bestuurskunde aan de Open Universiteit.

drs. Anne Douwe van der Meer AC
Drs. Anne Douwe van der Meer AC is bedrijfseconoom en controller. Hij was werkzaam bij onder andere de Arbeidsvoorziening, het ministerie van Defensie, de gemeentelijke overheid en Deloitte.
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Fiscale onrechtvaardigheid als argument in het belastingbeleid van de Vlaamse gemeenten

Tijdschrift Res Publica, Aflevering 2 2014
Trefwoorden tax choice, equity, local public finance
Auteurs Bram Mahieu, Bruno Heyndels en Benny Geys
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    We analyze the relation between (horizontal) fairness in the local property tax and municipal tax policy in the 308 Flemish municipalities in 2012. The local property tax is levied on the property’s assessed rental value, and its unfairness is a by-product of the slow reassessment procedure – such that properties of identical value are being taxed (very) differently. Using data for housing sales, we create an indicator for the unfairness of the local property tax. We find clear evidence that this unfairness affects political decision-making: municipalities in which property taxation is more unfair tend to rely systematically less on this tax as a source of municipal revenue. Instead these local governments tend to generate revenue through local income taxation.


Bram Mahieu
Bram Mahieu is als assistent verbonden aan de vakgroep APEC (Applied Economics) van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op de interactie tussen bedrijven en non-profitorganisaties. Daarnaast is hij betrokken bij onderzoeksprojecten rond lokale fiscaliteit.

Bruno Heyndels
Bruno Heyndels is als hoogleraar verbonden aan de vakgroep APEC (Applied Economics) van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op de interactie tussen economie & politiek, economie & cultuur en economie & sport.

Benny Geys
Benny Geys is als onderzoeksprofessor verbonden aan de vakgroep APEC (Applied Economics) van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel en als Associate Professor in Economics aan de Norwegian Business School (BI) in Oslo. Zijn onderzoek richt zich voornamelijk op lokale overheidsfinanciën, de interactie tussen verschillende overheidsniveaus en sociaal kapitaal.

Dimi Jottier
Dimi Jottier is doctoraatsstudent aan de VUB. Hij doet onderzoek in het domein van de economische analyse van de politieke besluitvorming.

Bruno Heyndels
Bruno Heyndels is hoogleraar economie aan de VUB en docent aan de FUSL. Hij is auteur van talrijke academische publicaties omtrent de interactie economie & politiek, economie & sport en economie & cultuur.
Article

Bestuurskracht binnenshuis. Doorwerking van het Gemeentedecreet op bestuurskracht van Vlaamse gemeenten

Tijdschrift Res Publica, Aflevering 3 2009
Trefwoorden administrative power, municipalities, cooperation, Flemish municipal decree
Auteurs Filip De Rynck, Ellen Olislagers en Johan Ackaert
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This article examines the impact of the Flemish municipal decree on the administrative power of Flemish municipalities. The general goal of the Flemish municipal decree was the strengthening of administrative power by changing political-political relations, political-administrative relations and the supporting policy and management cycle. This article shows the limited meaning of the political component for this strengthening. Changes in the administrative organization of Flemish municipalities on the other hand are looking more promising, although scale and different types of municipalities continues to stay an important factor.


Filip De Rynck
Filip De Rynck (1956) werkte voor een reeks publieke en non-profitorganisaties, werd doctor in de sociale wetenschappen (KULeuven, 1995) en is nu hoogleraar bestuurskunde aan de Hogeschool Gent. Hij is gespecialiseerd in en publiceert over lokaal bestuur, binnenlandse bestuursorganisatie en beleidsnetwerken. Hij was voorzitter van de Commissie Bestuurlijke Organisatie, de Hoge Raad voor Binnenlands Bestuur en de visitatiecommissie voor de Vlaamse Steden. Hij voerde vele opdrachten uit voor lokale besturen, de Vlaamse, federale en Europese overheid.

Ellen Olislagers
Ellen Olislagers (1985) is sinds 2008 verbonden aan het Centrum Overheid en Recht van de Universiteit Hasselt. Daar voert zij het onderzoeksproject ‘Evaluatie van de innovaties in het gemeentedecreet op de lokale politieke en administratieve werking (2008-2009)' uit. Dit is een onderzoeksproject van het Steunpunt Bestuurlijke Organisatie Vlaanderen.

Johan Ackaert
Johan Ackaert (1957) is licentiaat in de politieke en sociale wetenschappen en doctor in de sociale wetenschappen. Hij is docent aan de Universiteit Hasselt waar hij sociologie en onderzoeksmethoden doceert. Zijn onderzoek situeert zich vooral op het gebied van politieke participatie en lokale politiek (lokale verkiezingen, rolgedrag van lokale politici, vernieuwingen in het lokaal bestuur) enerzijds en integratie en participatie van etnische minderheden in Vlaamse steden anderzijds.
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Regie zonder macht, besturen zonder kracht?

Samenwerking tussen lokale besturen en de private sector

Tijdschrift Res Publica, Aflevering 3 2009
Trefwoorden administrative power, municipalities, cooperation, public-private partnerships
Auteurs Bram Verschuere en Filip De Rynck
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This article examines the relations between local government and the private welfare sector in Flemish municipalities. It argues that because of important transformations in society local governments are dependent on the activities of the private sector to solve social challenges. Within the welfare sector Flemish local governments still have an important role. The question is how municipalities are able to withstand and cope with the power and strength of these private organisations. Maybe the answer lies within professional network management.


Bram Verschuere
Bram Verschuere (1977) is doctor in de sociale wetenschappen. Hij is verbonden aan de Hogeschool Gent (associatie Universiteit Gent), waar hij publiek management en welzijnsbeleid doceert. Onderzoeksmatig gaat zijn interesse uit naar de organisatie van de publieke sector, de verzelfstandiging van overheidsdiensten, de relatie tussen overheid en non-profitsector en het management van publieke en non-profitorganisaties. Hij publiceerde onder meer in Public Management Review, Governance, Public Administration and Development en Public Policy and Administration.

Filip De Rynck
Filip De Rynck (1956) werkte voor een reeks publieke en non-profitorganisaties, werd doctor in de sociale wetenschappen (KULeuven, 1995) en is nu hoogleraar bestuurskunde aan de Hogeschool Gent. Hij is gespecialiseerd in en publiceert over lokaal bestuur, binnenlandse bestuursorganisatie en beleidsnetwerken. Hij was voorzitter van de Commissie Bestuurlijke Organisatie, de Hoge Raad voor Binnenlands Bestuur en de visitatiecommissie voor de Vlaamse Steden. Hij voerde vele opdrachten uit voor lokale besturen, de Vlaamse, federale en Europese overheid.
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Tactisch steekspel of tijdverspilling? Strategische meerjarenplanning in Vlaamse gemeenten

Tijdschrift Res Publica, Aflevering 4 2008
Trefwoorden Strategic planning, local government, rationalism, logic incrementalism
Auteurs Thomas Block, Koenraad De Ceuninck, Herwig Reynaert e.a.
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Nowadays, municipalities form strategies and interact with the challenges and opportunities offered by the context in which they operate. From now on, Flemish municipalities are even obliged by the municipal decree to draw up a multiannual strategic plan (albeit in a transitory phase for the current legislature). That plan must formulate a coordinating strategy for the municipality and must contain guidelines for policy. In our contribution we want to examine on the one hand the particular meaning of this strategic plan for local governments. Which contents are given to these plans? How did these plans came about? What is the further course of these plans? What is the possible infl uence of local finances? Etc. On the other hand, we also want to take a broader look: how do we place the strategic plan in the light of the challenge of broader strategy formulation and decision-making which plays a vital role in contemporary local government?
    Starting from a case study in the city of Kortrijk that incorporates both research perspectives, we consecutively conduct an exploring study into this young practice of strategic planning in all Flemish municipalities. Thereby we use in both cases opinion research by interviewing/surveying some key actors (politicians and/or civil servants). They help us to (re-)construct a provisional picture of the contents, the lay out and the future possibilities of strategic plans in contemporary local government.


Thomas Block
Thomas Block (1973) is licentiaat sociologie en wetenschappelijk medewerker aan de vakgroep politieke wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent. Hij is verbonden aan het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek (CLP) en aan het Centrum voor Duurzame Ontwikkeling (CDO). Hij heeft onderzoekservaring op het vlak van strategische planning in Vlaamse steden, besluitvorming op lokaal niveau en indicatoren voor duurzame stedelijke ontwikkeling. In de voorbije jaren coördineerde hij binnen het CDO het project ‘Stadsmonitor voor leefbare en duurzame Vlaamse steden’. Momenteel werkt hij aan een proefschrift over besluitvorming bij Vlaamse stadsprojecten.

Koenraad De Ceuninck
Koenraad De Ceuninck (1981) is wetenschappelijk medewerker aan de vakgroeppolitieke wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent. Hij is verbonden aan het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek. Daar bereidt hij een proefschrift voor over de politieke besluitvorming met betrekking tot de gemeentelijke fusies van 1976. Zijn onderzoeksinteresse gaat vooral uit naar lokale politiek en in het bijzonder schaal, besluitvorming en hervormingen op lokaal vlak.

Herwig Reynaert
Herwig Reynaert (1966) is hoogleraar aan de vakgroep politieke wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent. Hij is tevens voorzitter van het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op de (vergelijkende) lokale politiek. Lokale politieke elites, hervormingen aan het lokaal bestuur, burgerparticipatie, tevredenheidsonderzoek op lokaal vlak... behoren tot zijn interessedomeinen.

Kristof Steyvers
Kristof Steyvers (1979) is docent aan de vakgroep politieke wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent. Hij is verbonden aan het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op de lokale politiek met in het bijzonder vergelijkende lokale politiek, lokaal politiek leiderschap, hervormingen aan het lokaal bestuur, partijen en verkiezingen op lokaal vlak en stadspolitiek als interessevelden.

Tony Valcke
Tony Valcke (1966) is historicus en assistent aan de vakgroep politieke wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent. Hij is verbonden aan het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek en de Urban Policy Research Group van de Ghent University Association. Eerder publiceerde hij onder meer over politieke elites, provincieraadsverkiezingen, (de provinciale) politieke instellingen en besluitvorming. Hij bereidt een proefschrift voor over de gouverneurs in België en de commissarissen van de koningin in Nederland.

    In national elections the results tend to become more ‘nationalized’: a homogeneous party offer all over the territory, less variation in the results per constituency and more homogeneous electoral swings. This article investigates whether this nationalization can also be witnessed at local elections. It focuses on two indicators: the party offer and the voting behaviour. The party offer is the presence of the national parties on the local ballot paper, while the voting behaviour looks at patterns of homogeneity across the municipalities.
    The answer to the question of nationalization is mixed. The Flemish and Walloon local elections display the same long-term trend as the national elections, but they keep their own local character. The heterogeneity of the local party offer clearly demonstrates the local specificity of the local elections, and consequently the voting behaviour also differs from the voting behaviour at national elections. We also find that the local elections in Wallonia are less nationalized than in Flanders.
    Although the local character of the local elections remains important, the newer parties – Ecolo and Groen! – show until 2000 a clear trend towards nationalization. Especially the extreme right Vlaams Belang shows positive scores on all indicators of nationalization since its first local appearance in 1982.


Fanny Wille
Fanny Wille is verbonden als assistent/vorser aan de Vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen en de Vakgroep Micro-economics of the Profit and Non-Profit Sectors aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Zij doet onderzoek naar lokale coalitievorming.

Kris Deschouwer
Kris Deschouwer is gewoon hoogleraar aan de Vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Hij doet onderzoek naar politieke vertegenwoordiging in systemen met een complexe institutionele context.
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Doen (wijzigende) instituties ertoe?

De invloed van het gemeente(kies)decreet op de gemeenteraadsverkiezingen van 2006

Tijdschrift Res Publica, Aflevering 1 2007
Auteurs Johan Ackaert, Koenraad De Ceuninck, Herwig Reynaert e.a.
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    With the local elections in 2006, new organisational schemes have been applied by the Flemish government to the 308 municipalities. These schemes included institutional reform aimed to change the outset of local government. In this article we studied the influence of these reforms in practice. Are they actually carriers of change? We thereby focused on the direct aspects linked to these reforms. While many instruments of reform had indirect intended effects, acceptance and action among key decision-makers (both voters and local governors to the extent of their discretion) to use them directly becomes crucial. Our analysis has shown that, with some exceptions, direct autonomous space for action was only limitedly used, hence reducing the chances for indirect change. While it is still too early to fully assess the foreseen indirect effects, in our opinion it is crucial to understand the nature of these local reforms within the central (Flemish) bargaining arena. The latter seems to have transformed the new schemes of local governmental organisation to the path-dependent art of the political feasible.


Johan Ackaert
Johan Ackaert is docent aan de Universiteit Hasselt. Hij promoveerde tot doctor in de sociale wetenschappen aan de KU Leuven op een proefschrift over de rol van de burgemeester. Zijn onderzoek richt zich enerzijds op politieke en maatschappelijke participatie en anderzijds op het lokale bestuur, beleid en politiek.

Koenraad De Ceuninck
Koenraad De Ceuninck is Licentiaat in de Politieke Wetenschappen, wetenschappelijk medewerker aan de vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent, lid van het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek van de Universiteit Gent en van de Urban Policy Research Group van de Ghent University Association. Hij bereidt een doctoraat voor over de gemeentelijke fusies in België. Zijn onderzoek en publicaties behandelen onder meer de besluitvorming en de hervormingen op lokaal vlak.

Herwig Reynaert
Herwig Reynaert is hoogleraar aan de vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent, voorzitter van het vakgebied lokale en regionale politiek en van het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek, lid van het Instituut voor Politieke Besluitvorming en Conflictmanagement van de Universiteit Gent en hoofd van de Urban Policy Research Group van de Ghent University Association. Hij publiceerde als auteur en/of coauteur talrijke boeken en is auteur van tientallen wetenschappelijke artikels en hoofdstukken in boeken over politieke rekrutering, politieke elites, verkiezingen en tevredenheid over lokaal beleid. Hij doceert o.a. de vakken lokale politiek, vergelijkende politiek, Belgische binnenlandse politiek. Hij is eveneens promotor van onderzoeksprojecten rond de provincies, de fusies van gemeenten, schepenen en gemeenteraadsleden, ...

Kristof Steyvers
Kristof Steyvers is doctor in de politieke wetenschappen, doctor-assistent aan de vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent, lid van het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek, van het Instituut voor Politieke Besluitvorming en Conflictmanagement van de Universiteit Gent en van de Urban Policy Research Group van de Ghent University Association. Hij schreef een doctoraal proefschrift over de politieke rekrutering van de Belgische burgemeesters. Zijn onderzoek situeert zich onder meer op het vlak van lokale politieke elites, de vergelijkende lokale politiek en de gemeenteraadsverkiezingen.

Tony Valcke
Tony Valcke is historicus, assistent aan de vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent, lid van het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek van de Universiteit Gent en van de Urban Policy Research Group van de Ghent University Association. Hij bereidt een doctoraat voor over de gouverneurs in Vlaanderen en de commissarissen van de Koningin in Nederland. Zijn onderzoek en publicaties situeren zich op het vlak van politieke elites, (provincieraads-) verkiezingen en de geschiedenis van de (provinciale) politieke instellingen.
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