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Opposition in Times of COVID-19 – To Support or Not to Support?

Tijdschrift Politics of the Low Countries, Aflevering 2 2021
Trefwoorden minority government, rally-around-the-flag, COVID-19, mainstream parties, challenger parties, opposition, party goals
Auteurs Britt Vande Walle, Wouter Wolfs en Steven Van Hecke
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    COVID-19 has hit many countries all over the world, and its impact on (party) politics has been undeniable. This crisis situation functions as an opportunity structure incentivising opposition forces to support the government. Not much is known about what drives opposition parties to (not) support the government in crisis situations. This article integrates the literature on rally-around-the-flag, political opportunity structures, party types and party goals. More specifically, we focus on the behaviour of opposition parties towards the government’s crisis response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We analyse whether and how the party type influences the position of the party vis-à-vis the governmental coalition, focusing on the case of Belgium. We categorise the seven opposition parties in Belgium as challenger or mainstream parties and explain their behaviour on the basis of policy-, office- or vote-seeking motives. Our analysis is based on party voting behaviour, elite interviews and an analysis of the main plenary debates.


Britt Vande Walle
Britt Vande Walle is PhD Researcher at the KU Leuven Public Governance Instituted, funded by a FWO fellowship ‘Fundamental Research’. Her research focuses on comparative politics, political parties, and political party think tanks. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9594-9897.

Wouter Wolfs
Wouter Wolfs is Senior Researcher at the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute. His research interests include the European Union, political finance, legislative studies and political parties. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6214-5972.

Steven Van Hecke
Steven Van Hecke is Associate Professor in Comparative and EU Politics at the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute. His research focuses on Europarties, EU institutions and European integration history. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0215-5463.
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Consensus Democracy and Bureaucracy in the Low Countries

Tijdschrift Politics of the Low Countries, Aflevering 1 2019
Trefwoorden consensus democracy, bureaucracy, governance system, Lijphart, policymaking
Auteurs Frits van der Meer, Caspar van den Berg, Charlotte van Dijck e.a.
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    Taking Lijphart’s work on consensus democracies as our point of departure, we signal a major shortcoming in Lijphart’s focus being almost exclusively on the political hardware of the state structure, leaving little attention for the administrative and bureaucratic characteristics of governance systems. We propose to expand the Lijphart’s model which overviews structural aspects of the executive and the state with seven additional features of the bureaucratic system. We argue that these features are critical for understanding the processes of policymaking and service delivery. Next, in order to better understand the functioning of the Netherlands and Belgium as consensus democracies, we provide a short analysis of the historical context and current characteristics of the political-administrative systems in both countries.


Frits van der Meer
Frits van der Meer, Professor Institute Public Administration, Leiden University.

Caspar van den Berg
Caspar van den Berg, Campus Fryslân, University of Groningen.

Charlotte van Dijck
Charlotte van Dijck, PhD Fellow Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), KU Leuven Public Governance Institute.

Gerrit Dijkstra
Gerrit Dijkstra, Senior Lecturer, Leiden University.

Trui Steen
Trui Steen, Professor, KU Leuven Public Governance Institute.
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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
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    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.
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Strijden voor of om de publieke omroep?

Hoe subsidiariteit de Europese Commissie en de lidstaten verdeelt in het staatssteunbeleid

Tijdschrift Res Publica, Aflevering 1 2012
Trefwoorden state aid, public service broadcasting, cultural objectives, media policy
Auteurs Karen Donders
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    Since the early 1990s, the European Commission applies the State aid rules (part of European competition law) to the funding of national and subnational public broadcasters. This article analyzes to what extent discussions on the regulation and funding of public service broadcasting are determined by a conflictual notion of subsidiarity. Focusing on encounters between the European Commission on the one hand and Germany, the Netherlands and Flanders on the other hand, the article concludes that Member States and the European Commission focus more on competence divisions than on substantive discussions about the future of public service broadcasting. This is particularly regrettable as the digital age requires a thorough re-thinking of the role of public broadcasters in Western European democracies.


Karen Donders
Karen Donders doceert European Media Policy en European Information Society aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Ze is senior onderzoeker bij het IBBT-SMIT (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Haar postdoctorale onderzoek wordt gefinancierd door het FWO. Ze is gespecialiseerd in publiek omroepbeleid, Europees mededingingsbeleid in de mediasector en Europees mediabeleid.
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Discoursen en waterveiligheid

Waarom leiden publiekscampagnes niet tot waterbewustzijn en waterbewust gedrag?

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 3 2008
Auteurs Trudes Heems en Baukje Kothuis
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    Uncertainties about climate change are a major incentive for the Dutch government to communicate frequently about risks related to water safety. In September 2008, the 'New Delta Committee' even presented several coping strategies to safeguard the low-lying Delta of The Netherlands far into the next century. The government assumes that increased high water risk awareness and behaviour in society, based on a risk-based approach, is an important factor for sustainable future living with water and thus made this into the spearhead of policy. However, the main part of Dutch society still lives in a flush of victory. The Delta Works symbolize the victory over the water; The Netherlands is safe. The government doesn't succeed satisfactorily to realize high water risk awareness and behaviour in its society, notwithstanding years of campaigning. Cultural sociologists Heems and Kothuis demonstrate by means of a discourse analysis of public campaigns that government communication on high water safety is not only entangled but also creates confusion. Reason of the entanglement in communication is a breakthrough of the taboo on publicly speaking of a flood disaster as a realistic scenario. The confusion obstructs the Dutch government to bridge the gap in perception between itself and society and to achieve its policy objectives.


Trudes Heems
Trudes Heems is werkzaam als wetenschappelijk onderzoeker bij WATERWORKS Scientific Research Insititute in Amsterdam. Correspondentiegegevens: WATERWORKS Scientific Research Institute Buitenruspad 11hs 1097 MX Amsterdam waterworks@planet.nl

Baukje Kothuis
Baukje Kothuis is werkzaam als wetenschappelijk onderzoeker bij WATERWORKS Scientific Research Insititute in Amsterdam. Correspondentiegegevens: WATERWORKS Scientific Research Institute Buitenruspad 11hs 1097 MX Amsterdam waterworks@planet.nl
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Euroscepticisme in België

Economische belangen, culturele identiteit en politiek wantrouwen

Tijdschrift Res Publica, Aflevering 4 2008
Trefwoorden Euroscepticism, interests, identity, trust
Auteurs Koen Abts, Dirk Heerwegh en Marc Swyngedouw
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    This article tries to analyse and improve the individual-level approaches to the study of public Euroscepticism in Belgium. In recent literature, three approaches focusing on instrumental, cultural and political cues can be distinguished. First, the utilitarian approach associates Euroscepticism with economic interests. Second, the cultural approach draws on cultural attitudes and affective identities. Third, the political approach associates support for European integration with political effi cacy and institutional trust. Drawing upon Belgian data from the IntUne Project 2007, the results show that negative evaluations of the benefits of European membership, social distrust in European fellow citizens and institutional distrust in the EU are the most important determinants of Euroscepticism, while education, national attachment, exclusive identity and political powerlessness have a minor impact.


Koen Abts
Koen Abts (1975) is vrijwillig medewerker aan het Centrum voor Sociologisch Onderzoek van de KULeuven. Hij bereidt een proefschrift voor over de etnopopulistische politiek van het ressentiment. Zijn onderzoeksinteresses liggen op het vlak van ressentiment, etnocentrisme, politiek cynisme, extreemrechts stemgedrag en populisme.

Dirk Heerwegh
Dirk Heerwegh (1977) is deeltijds docent aan het Centrum voor Sociologisch Onderzoek van de KULeuven en postdoctoraal onderzoeker van het FWO Vlaanderen. Zijn onderzoek situeert zich op het domein van survey-methodologie en statistische analysemethoden.

Marc Swyngedouw
Marc Swyngedouw (1956) is gewoon hoogleraar aan het Centrum voor Sociologisch Onderzoek van de KULeuven. Hij is directeur van het Instituut voor Sociaal en Politiek Opinieonderzoek (ISPO). Zijn onderzoeksinteresses omvatten politieke sociologie, verkiezingsonderzoek, extreemrechts stemgedrag, waardenonderzoek en etnische minderheden.
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