DOI: 10.5553/RP/048647001976018003461

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Objectifs des partis politiques en Wallonie

A propos des élections communales

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André Philipart, "Objectifs des partis politiques en Wallonie", Res Publica, 3-4, (1976):461-173

    As the restructuration of municipalities (local power) could bring along new local political alliances, one would have thought about the possibility of a relevant modification of the political map of Wallonie (French speaking region of Belgium) after the «elections communales» of October 10th, 1976.Some experts had even conceived that the reorganization of the local authority was a manoeuvre of the central government, made in order to neutralize a region in which the «Parti Socialiste Belge» had the majority (voices 36.8 % and 35.5 % of the deputies and senators mandates). Others thought that the national political strategy would prevail.On the contrary, the results of the election have proved, that the «Parti Socialiste Belge» has kept its predominance in Wallonie (175 lists PSB in the 262 municipalities, 87 lists «en cartel»; 58 got the majority of the votes and participation in the coalitions in more than half of the municipalities). The other political parties (PSC, PLP, etc.) have kept their position. The national strategy didn't appear neither in the program, nor in the constitution of the voting lists (445 lists for the national parties, 541 local lists). The national political «variables» (alternatives)(government versus opposition; Brussel v. the regions; center v. pheriphery; community v. community), haven't brought modifications to the local objectives for which the main reason remains either to keep the power or to make its conquest.

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