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Access_open De veranderende rol van provincies bij de ­uitvoering van hun beleid voor maatschappelijke betrokkenheid bij natuur

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 3 2022
Trefwoorden nature policy, governance strategies, social engagement, province, grants
Auteurs Tineke de Boer, Didi van Doren, Dana Kamphorst e.a.
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Promoting societal engagement with nature is an important policy ambition of Dutch nature policy. This article provides an overview of how the provinces together with stakeholders have shaped their policy to increase the societal engagement of citizens with nature in recent years. The goals and governance modes embedded in the policy programs were analyzed, and results and experiences of the various involved parties with the policy were reviewed. Based on a national review and in dept study of three cases, this article describes different regional approaches for increasing societal engagement. In addition it discusses the recent developments within this policy field.
    The analysis shows that provinces pursue different goals with societal engagement. It is both a policy goal in itself – provinces would like to increase the number of citizens involved – as well as a means of achieving a broader range of other goals (welfare, health, quality of life, shared responsibility, funding, support for nature policy). Provinces use different governance modes; they act as responsive and increasingly networking government. They use various policy instruments; financial support for initiatives and intermediaries, network building and communication. Furthermore, the analysis shows that past experiences have shaped provinces’ governance mode and that these are adapted accordingly. A shift is noted from leaving the initiative with communities to more direct facilitation by the government. Also governing based on performance, linked to new public management, is on the rise, as there is increasing demand for accountability of provincial expenditure.


Tineke de Boer
Tineke de Boer is onderzoeker aan het onderzoeksinstituut Wageningen Environmental Research van de Wageningen University & Research.

Didi van Doren
Dr. Didi van Doren is wetenschappelijk onderzoeker bij het Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, Sector Natuur en landelijk gebied.

Dana Kamphorst
Dr. ir. Dana Kamphorst is onderzoeker aan het onderzoeksinstituut Wageningen Environmental Research van de Wageningen University & Research.

Irene Bouwma
Dr. ir. Irene Bouwma is onderzoeker aan het onderzoeksinstituut Wageningen Environmental Research van de Wageningen University & Research.
Reflectie & debat

Access_open Over de rol van conflict in de polder

Inleiding bij Reflectie & debat

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 3 2022
Auteurs Tamara Metze en Nanke Verloo
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Reflection & debate initiates academically inspired discussions on issues that are on the current policy agenda.


Tamara Metze
Dr. Tamara Metze is universitair hoofddocent bij de leerstoelgroep Bestuur en Beleid aan de Wageningen Universiteit en redactielid van Beleid en Maatschappij.

Nanke Verloo
Dr. Nanke Verloo is universitair docent Stedelijke Planologie aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam en voorzitter van de redactie van Beleid en Maatschappij.
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Regionalisering in de ouderenzorg

Een beleidssociologisch perspectief op grootschalige verandering

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 3 2022
Trefwoorden decentered approach, health policy, Regionalization, regional networks, elderly care
Auteurs Jitse Schuurmans, Oemar van der Woerd, Roland Bal e.a.
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Regionalization is foregrounded among policymakers as a solution to the complex problems elderly care is facing, such as a pertinent staff shortage, a greying population and a lack of suitable accommodation. In this article, following a decentered approach, we analyze how field parties like nursing homes and policymakers in interaction give shape to regional collaborations within a market-oriented institutional healthcare context. Our findings show the emerging frictions, due to layered institutional arrangements and the proliferation of policy initiatives and partnerships. We find different responses of institutional actors to these frictions; actors holding off closer regional cooperation, actors creating urgency and commitment to organize care regionally, creating interstices in rules and regulations and building regional networks and care infrastructures. We argue that a focus on the iterative processes through which actors on different layers of the healthcare system give shape to policies adds a valuable perspective to the study of policy changes. We conclude that ‘layered work’ – mobilizing and working with and between different organizational and policy layers simultaneously – is required to develop appropriate (layered) ways to deal with complex problems.


Jitse Schuurmans
Dr. Jitse Schuurmans is Assistant Professor Healthcare Governance, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

Oemar van der Woerd
Oemar van der Woerd, MSc is promovendus Healthcare Governance, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

Roland Bal
Prof. dr. Roland Bal is Professor of Health Care Governance, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

Iris Wallenburg
Dr. Iris Wallenburg is Associate Professor Healthcare Governance, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.
Thema-artikel

Functionele politisering en politieke fragmentatie

Ontwikkelingen in de ambtelijke top in de periode 2007-2021

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 2 2022
Trefwoorden polarization, functional politicization, senior civil servants, bureaucratic powers, civil service scrutiny
Auteurs Caspar van den Berg en Alexandre Belloir
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Functional politicization – political activities and capacities taken on by bureaucrats within their administrative function – has received increased academic attention over recent years. Regardless, the factors and determinants behind this phenomenon remain a point of uncertainty and debate. Within this study, we explore whether increased political polarization and fragmentation in the Dutch political landscape from 2007 to 2019 and functional politicization are related. To do so, we analyze data from surveys conducted in 2007, 2013 and 2019 and semi-structured interviews conducted in 2019 to establish which skills – political-strategic insight, substantive expertise (Fachwissen), or procedural knowledge (Dienstwissen) – are perceived by senior civil servants to be the most prevalent in exercising their profession. The data depicts the prevalence of political astuteness in the profession and highlights three causal dimensions: institutional, organizational, and interpersonal dynamics. It however fails to highlight a cross-time evolution, which is hypothesized to be due to a ceiling effect of this competence having constantly been perceived as the most prevalent. The latter adds a theoretical dimension to the notion of functional politicisation, as it aligns with other academic findings that suggest senior civil servants are now subject to heightened pressures due to being increasingly monitored and in the (public) spotlight.


Caspar van den Berg
Caspar van den Berg is hoogleraar Global and Local Governance aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en bijzonder hoogleraar Transities in de Publieke Sector aan de Universiteit Leiden.

Alexandre Belloir
Alexandre Belloir is promovendus bij het Departement Global and Local Governance van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
Thema-artikel

Publieke manager 2030

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 2 2022
Trefwoorden Public Management, VUCA World, Leadership, Futures Thinking, Leadership Development
Auteurs Zeger van der Wal
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This short essay identifies key future trends for public managers and outlines seven leadership challenges for public managers.


Zeger van der Wal
Prof. dr. Z. van der Wal bekleedt de Ien Dales leerstoel aan de Universiteit Leiden en is daarnaast werkzaam als zelfstandig bestuurskundig adviseur.
Thema-artikel

Vernieuwing van vakmanschap

Een kritische analyse van de professionaliseringsactiviteiten van de Algemene Bestuursdienst (ABD)

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 2 2022
Trefwoorden Algemene Bestuursdienst (ABD), Senior Civil Servants, Public Managers, Craftwork, Professionalisation, Institutionalisation
Auteurs Mirko Noordegraaf en Erik-Jan van Dorp
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In this paper we study the institutional impact of the Dutch senior executive service (Dutch: Algemene Bestuursdienst, hereafter: ABD) on the craft of senior civil servants in Dutch government. Our study rests upon a thorough evaluation conducted in 2020. For this study, we interviewed 51 (former) cabinet ministers, members of parliament, senior civil servants, HR experts and ‘outsiders’. We structure our paper in three parts. First, we discuss the founding principles and motives for the institutional renewal that became the ABD. Second, we discuss the ABD’s practice. Third, we signal and interpret the outcomes of the ABD so far. This results in five critical observations. We conclude the ABD has become an institutional fact. Nonetheless, the ABD could have done more to transcend the focus on individual appointments and development of collective craftmanship, and to visibly shape and protect such craftmanship.


Mirko Noordegraaf
Prof. dr. M. Noordegraaf is hoogleraar publiek management aan de Universiteit Utrecht (UU), en vice-decaan maatschappelijke impact, en tevens voorzitter van de Vereniging voor Bestuurskunde (VB).

Erik-Jan van Dorp
G.H. van Dorp, MSc is als universitair docent werkzaam bij het departement Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschap (USBO) van de Universiteit Utrecht (UU).
Vrij artikel

Maatschappelijke impact maken?!

Reactie op ’t Hart & Belabas, ‘Je bent wat je teweegbrengt’

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 2 2022
Trefwoorden Societal impact, Public administration, Impact degrees, Impact pathways, Societal issues
Auteurs Mirko Noordegraaf
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In this paper, the athour responds to 't Hart's and Belabas' emphasis on a call for more impact, more specifically, more societal impact. First and foremost, it is important to define what societal impact means, and how it can be generated. In additon to increasing the effects of academic knowledge, it can also mean more links with societal issues, and/or more contributions to changing the societal order. This, in turn, also implies changing academic impact, namely impact on other academic disciplines. In addition, it is important to clarify 'impact pathways' when societal impact is 'made'. Impact can be visible and instantaneous, but it can also be hidden, and/or stretched in time. Public administration scholars should trave these different routes to impact, by going outside, observing grass roots processes, showcase intriguing experiences, and make subtle knowledge connections.


Mirko Noordegraaf
Prof. dr. M. Noordegraaf is hoogleraar Publiek management en vice-decaan Maatschappelijke impact, Universiteit Utrecht, en voorzitter van de Vereniging voor Bestuurskunde (VB).
Vrij artikel

Je bent wat je teweegbrengt

Denken over impact van de Nederlandse bestuurskunde

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 2 2022
Trefwoorden public administration, Dutch context, impact, societal challenges, visibility
Auteurs Warda Belabas en Paul ’t Hart
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In this article we reflect on the scientific, the administrative governmental and societal impact of Dutch public administration. We argue that this discipline has put itself strongly on the map in the last half century. Additionally, the discipline has, in line with the ethos of its founding fathers, developed itself closely in dialogue with administrative practices. This has led to many different forms of impact in the administrative-professional field. However, there is much to gain when it comes to societal impact, and in particular the visibility of public administration in the broader public debate about the many societal challenges that modern societies face.


Warda Belabas
Dr. W. Belabas is verbonden aan de Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam. Zij onderzoekt beleids- en governance-vraagstukken rondom migratie, integratie en identiteit.

Paul ’t Hart
Prof. dr. P. ’t Hart is als hoogleraar verbonden aan de Universiteit van Utrecht en co-decaan van de Nederlandse School voor Openbaar Bestuur. Hij leidde van 2016-2022 een ERC onderzoeksprogramma over succesvol bestuur.
Vrij artikel

Access_open De wethouder en de wereld

Hoe de bouw van datacenters de noodzaak van een krachtige, hybride overheid laat zien

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 2 2022
Trefwoorden hybrid government, data centres, privatisation, globalisation, digital transformation, spatial planning law
Auteurs Cees-Jan Pen en Bart Wernaart
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Recently, the construction of large datacentres has led to intense societal debate in the Netherlands. Political decision making preceding the building of these centres is usually done at a decentralized governance level. However, at that level, it appears to be challenging to balance the relevant interest with integrity, and the living environment of citizens is easily overlooked. At the core of this debate lies a systemic challenge that comes with the changing role of the local government. Driven by privatization, globalization, digital transformation and citizen emancipation, the identity of governments transforms. Consequentially, governments are not only legislators and policy makers, but also – and increasingly – business partner, shareholder and client. Local politicians struggle with combining and switching between these roles. The case of datacentres is the embodiment of these challenges, and it takes a powerful, hybrid government to address these challenges in a meaningful manner and adopt a more active role for civilians in line with the new Dutch spatial planning law. Above all, it is necessary to focus on acting as a professional and stable partner. This is not only in the interest of citizens, but also in the interest of the related private organizations.


Cees-Jan Pen
Dr. C.J. Pen is lector de Ondernemende Regio aan de hogeschool Economie en Communicatie van Fontys Hogescholen.

Bart Wernaart
Mr. dr. B.F.W. Wernaart is Lector Moral Design Strategy aan de hogeschool Economie en Communicatie van Fontys Hogescholen.
Thema-artikel

Access_open Inleiding op het themanummer ‘Professionalisering van ambtelijke managers. Perspectieven op vaardigheden, vakmanschap en leiderschap’

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 2 2022
Trefwoorden Public managers, Professionalization, Skills, Craft, Leadership
Auteurs Erik-Jan van Dorp, Jasmijn van Harten, Mirko Noordegraaf e.a.
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In this special issue, we set the scene: we explain what we do in this special issue, and why. All authors analyze the 'improvement' of public managers, of their work, behavior, craft, profession. This is paradoxical: professional public managers are seen as highly important, but it is highly unclear what it means to be and act as professional public managers. We sketch four perspectives on the professionalization of public managers. They will be elaborated in the various papers: a 1) bureaucratic, 2) political, 3) strategic human resource, and 4) societal perspective. They will have to be combined to get a fuller picture of 'effective' public managers.


Erik-Jan van Dorp
G.H. van Dorp, MSc is als universitair docent werkzaam bij het departement Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschap (USBO) van de Universiteit Utrecht (UU).

Jasmijn van Harten
Dr. E.J. Jasmijn van Harten is als universitair docent werkzaam bij het departement Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschap (USBO) van de Universiteit Utrecht (UU).

Mirko Noordegraaf
Prof. dr. M. Noordegraaf is hoogleraar publiek management aan de Universiteit Utrecht (UU), en vice-decaan maatschappelijke impact, en tevens voorzitter van de Vereniging voor Bestuurskunde (VB).

Mark Frequin
Drs. M. Frequin is voormalig directeur-generaal bij meerdere departementen en thans buitengewoon adviseur voor publiek leiderschap bij het ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties (BZK). en tevens voorzitter van de Vereniging voor Overheidsmanagement (VOM).

    At the beginning of the corona crisis, there was a real wave of solidarity actions, for example people helping each other in villages and neighbourhoods, and buying food from close by. At the same time, opinion articles appeared about the historical-social context in which the COVID-19 virus could have such a rapid impact on society. These two observations have led to this research into the potential of citizen collectives in times of crisis. First, it was shown that, in combating the pandemic, governments paid little or no attention to the possibilities of citizen collectives to reach citizens in villages, districts and neighbourhoods through direct, personal channels. In contrast, the analysis of 20 opinion articles from the period March-June 2020 shows that the value shifts that most authors consider desirable to address the big issues in society are a good fit with the values that citizen collectives represent. For three domains – care and housing, work and food – this is illustrated with existing practices and new needs. Their conclusion is that the government would do well to make a strong appeal to the organizing capacity of active citizens, their networks and community strength when tackling major social challenges related to climate, energy, care, food and housing.


Tine De Moor
Prof. dr. T. De Moor is als hoogleraar Social Enterprise and Institutions for Collective Action werkzaam bij Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

Ton Duffhues
Dr. A.T.M. Duffhues is als senior-onderzoeker Social Enterprise and Institutions for Collective Action werkzaam bij Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

    A crisis brings existing vulnerabilities to the surface and clearly shows where the strong qualities of a society and its governance can be found. In the Netherlands, the corona pandemic has also exposed strengths and weaknesses according to that pattern. An important example of this is the region’s strong and complex position in our domestic governance. The author points out three lessons from the long post-war history of failed attempts to adjust the administrative organisation of our country. This leads to three proposals for embedding the region in the existing administrative organisation. The three steps would not be necessary if there were political support for a small adjustment to the administrative structure of the Netherlands, namely a reduction of the provincial scale. A step-by-step, cautious adjustment in the eyes of the author therefore gives more chance of success than a radical administrative reorganisation, which is doomed to fail in this country. For example, the cautious steps could be a prelude to a new and smaller provincial scale.


Rien Fraanje
Drs. M.J. Fraanje is secretaris-directeur van de Raad voor het Openbaar Bestuur. Hij schreef tal van artikelen over het functioneren van het openbaar bestuur en samen met anderen boeken over intergemeentelijke samenwerking, gemeentelijke herindeling en de bestuurlijke organisatie van Nederland.

    This editorial offers an introduction to the current issue.


Tamara Metze
Dr. Tamara Metze is universitair hoofddocent bij de leerstoelgroep Bestuur en Beleid aan de Wageningen Universiteit en voorzitter van de redactie van Beleid en Maatschappij.
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Samenzicht kweken in beleidsteams via visualiserend vergaderen

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 2 2022
Trefwoorden policy teams, Visualizing, Meetings, Consensus, Governance
Auteurs Edward van Aarle, Hubert Korzilius, Lyan Kroondijk e.a.
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    During meetings, policy teams run the risk of producing false consensus and personal conflicts. Asserting one’s own viewpoint often reduces hearing those of others. Changing this requires developing recognition of the perspective of other team members, without depreciating one’s own. We aimed to study the effect of visualizing team members’ views of a problematic situation and their proposed policy approaches. We explored the feasibility of a network diagram visualization method, by assessing team members attitude towards it, expectations about the policy progress and its influence on their mental representation of the policy problem at hand. A field trial was conducted in two policy teams in two non-profit organizations: one healthcare and one financial. In both cases, we compared the newly developed visualization method with meeting as usual. Open and semi-structured interviews were used to collect team members’ views. The qualitative and quantitative analyses showed enhanced mental representations by means of visualization and positive ratings of both the method and its expected effect on consequent policy quality. In conclusion, the results warrant substantive investment into further large-scale research as to sample size, time window, and into its generalizability towards collaborative governance.


Edward van Aarle
Dr. Edward van Aarle was senior docent (Uitgebreide Kwalificatie Onderwijs) methodologie van de hulpverlening, mastertheses en ondernemingsraadlid aan het Onderwijsinstituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen en Onderwijskunde van de Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen. Hij werkt nu landelijk als onderzoeks- en beleidsadviseur jeugdzorg-onderwijs.

Hubert Korzilius
Dr. Hubert Korzilius is universitair hoofddocent onderzoeksmethodologie aan het Institute for Management Research van de Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen.

Lyan Kroondijk
Lyan Kroondijk, MSc was masterstudent thesisprojecten SKOOP aan het Onderwijsinstituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen en Onderwijskunde van de Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen. Ze werkt nu in dienst van BMC voor de gemeente Gennep als consulent sociaal domein.

Quirine Munnich
Quirine Munnich, MSc was masterstudent thesisprojecten SKOOP aan het Onderwijsinstituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen en Onderwijskunde van de Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen. Ze is nu in Almelo werkzaam als gemeenteraadslid en als adviseur bij Vindsubsidies.

Hubertien Stultiens
Hubertien Stultiens, MSc was junior docent (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs) methodologie van de hulpverlening en mastertheses aan het Onderwijsinstituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen en Onderwijskunde van de Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen. Ze is nu lijsttrekker voor de gemeenteraadsverkiezingen in Tiel en werkt als gedragswetenschapper bij Pluryn, Nijmegen.

    In this feature authors review recently published books on subjects of interest to readers of Beleid en Maatschappij.


Duco Bannik
Dr. Duco Bannink is universitair hoofddocent aan de Vrije Universiteit en redactiesecretaris ad interim van Beleid en Maatschappij.
Artikel

Access_open Financiële surveillance en de rol van de Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in Nederland

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 2 2022
Trefwoorden Financial surveillance, Financial Intelligence Unit, encircling secrecy, Privacy, Proportionality
Auteurs Pieter Lagerwaard
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In 2019, the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Netherlands (FIU-the Netherlands) celebrated its 25th anniversary. This article uses the occasion to reflect on the pivotal role of the FIU in financial surveillance and to describe its core practices of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating financial intelligence. What makes an FIU particularly interesting is that it operates at various intersections: not only on the nexus of finance and security, but also between private and public actors, by transforming unusual transaction information into suspicious financial intelligence. Given this pivotal position of the FIU, it is surprising that little is known about its core activities. Because its practices are often secret and its data are classified as state secrets, its daily operations and operational processes remain obscure. By drawing on interviews, public reports, and an online training programme this article aims to encircle the secrecy, zoom in on the case-study of FIU-the Netherlands and offer a fine-grained analysis of each of the three core FIU activities. Such a case-study is important not only for the study of finance and security as well as financial surveillance, but also for policy makers and the broader public who merit an understanding of how their financial behaviour is being surveilled.


Pieter Lagerwaard
Pieter Lagerwaard is promovendus aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam (politicologie).
Artikel

Klokkenluiden in de wetenschap

In het hol van de leeuw

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering Online First 2022
Trefwoorden whistleblowing, research integrity, research misconduct, retaliation, stress
Auteurs Steven De Peuter en Gert Storms
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Research integrity has received increased attention, in the literature as well as in policy. A host of initiatives is supporting its promotion. However, misconduct will not cease to exist and needs to be reported, by whistleblowers. It takes a lot of courage to blow the whistle as it can have an enormous impact on the whistleblower’s career and personal well-being – and that of colleagues and researchers associated with the perpetrator. Therefore, it is important to be cognisant of the stressful process that accompanies the act of whistleblowing, to provide clear and accessible procedures to report misconduct, and to support whistleblowers throughout the process. Furthermore, it is essential that appropriate whistleblower protection measures are in place and enforced. Based on the current review of the literature, we provide some recommendations for policy and argue that an obligation to report scientific misconduct would currently do more harm than good.


Steven De Peuter
Dr. Steven De Peuter is postdoctoraal onderzoeker wetenschappelijke integriteit aan KU Leuven.

Gert Storms
Prof. Dr. Gert Storms is gewoon hoogleraar aan de faculteit Psychologie en Pedagogische Wetenschappen van KU Leuven.
Artikel

Interbestuurlijke verhoudingen in de bed-bad-broodcasus

Een lokaal perspectief

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering Online First 2022
Trefwoorden policy freedom, multilevel governance, principal agent theory, stewardship theory, management style
Auteurs Niek Bakker
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This article describes the relationship between central government and municipalities and to what extent this relationship has an impact on local decision-making. The commonly used characterization of this relationship as a principal-agent relationship offers many leads but has some shortcomings. That is why this is compared with the stewardship theory, assuming a more equal and constructive cooperation. Both theories have been incorporated into a broader model on management styles, which creates a more nuanced description of the cooperation in public administration. The article focuses on the case of Rotterdam in 2015, at a time of political turmoil in the Netherlands about the shelter of people without residence permit. The analysis is carried out using a measuring instrument for policy freedom, as policy freedom is a good determinant for which management style is used. The research is conducted from a local perspective, with emphasis on the position of councilors. The national government sometimes profiles itself as a principal to them, but in practice council members resist and turn the relationship around, hereby holding the government accountable for its role and responsibility.


Niek Bakker
Niek Bakker, MSc, is docent maatschappijleer aan het Calvijn College in Goes.
Research Note

Mapping Cabinet Conflicts and Conflict Features

Refined Definitions, Coding Instructions and Results From Belgium (1995-2018)

Tijdschrift Politics of the Low Countries, Aflevering 1 2022
Trefwoorden cabinet conflict, coalition politics, Belgium
Auteurs Maxime Vandenberghe
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This research note presents new definitions, measurements and data of cabinet conflicts and conflict features. Particular attention is given to the ethno-territorial nature of conflicts. This approach can easily be applied to various sources, periods, policy levels and countries. As an example, this note describes a novel dataset that provides the most fine-grained picture of Belgian cabinet conflicts to date (N = 1,090; 1995-2018).


Maxime Vandenberghe
Maxime Vandenberghe is a PhD candidate (FWO Vlaanderen) at the Department of Political Science at Ghent University. His main research interests are (Belgian) federalism, ethno-territorial politics and party politics.
Article

Access_open Is Euroscepticism Contagious?

How Mainstream Parties React to Eurosceptic Challengers in Belgian Parliaments

Tijdschrift Politics of the Low Countries, Aflevering 1 2022
Trefwoorden Euroscepticism, parliaments, party competition, Belgium, federalism
Auteurs Jordy Weyns en Peter Bursens
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Euroscepticism has long been absent among Belgian political parties. However, since the start of the century, some Eurosceptic challengers have risen. This article examines the effect of Eurosceptic competition on the salience other parties give to the EU and on the positions these parties take in parliament. Using a sample of plenary debates in the federal and regional parliaments, we track each party’s evolution from 2000 until 2019. Our findings both contradict and qualify existing theories and findings on Eurosceptic competition. When facing Eurosceptic challengers, all parties raise salience fairly equally, but government and peripheral parties adopted (soft) Euroscepticism more often than other parties.


Jordy Weyns
Jordy Weyns is a doctoral student at the European University Institute in Florence.

Peter Bursens
Peter Bursens is professor of political science at Universiteit Antwerpen, at the research group Politics and Public Governance and the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence.
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