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Gabriella Catalano Sgrosso
University of Rome, Italy

Frans G. von der Dunk
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law, Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law Program
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Subfederale vertegenwoordiging in federale systemen: de rol van diversiteit en nationale trots

Journal Res Publica, Issue 2 2014
Keywords democratic representation, federalism, European Union, QCA
Authors Matthias Vileyn
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    Federal systems are characterised by compound and complex forms of democratic representation. The federal level addresses citizens both as members of the federal polity and as members of a constituent unit. This paper takes into account the existence of these multiple public identities of federal citizens by systematically comparing the degree of subfederal representation in 13 federal systems with QCA. The analysis shows that, apart from the EU, also traditional federal systems have a high degree of subfederal representation. Additionally, the paper looks in which kinds of federal systems we observe this. It shows that a heterogeneous society combined with low national pride or high economic diversity is sufficient to observe a high degree of subfederal representation. From there on conclusions are drawn on the EU and the Low Countries.


Matthias Vileyn
Matthias Vileyn is doctor in de Politieke Wetenschappen aan de Universiteit Antwerpen. Zijn onderzoek focust op democratische legitimiteit in federale politieke systemen, waarbij hij zich enerzijds richt op de vertegenwoordiging van deelstaten en anderzijds op democratische tevredenheid bij burgers. Hij onderzoekt onder meer het effect van institutionele keuzes zoals decentralisering en federalisme.
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Fiscale onrechtvaardigheid als argument in het belastingbeleid van de Vlaamse gemeenten

Journal Res Publica, Issue 2 2014
Keywords tax choice, equity, local public finance
Authors Bram Mahieu, Bruno Heyndels and Benny Geys
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    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.
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Juridische kwetsbaarheid en onderhandelingen in de Wereldhandelsorganisatie

Journal Res Publica, Issue 2 2014
Keywords WTO, trade, legal vulnerability, Doha Round, judicialization
Authors Arlo Poletti and Dirk De Bièvre
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    In the current multilateral trade regime, members often negotiate under the shadow of WTO law. In this article, we develop an explanation of how the legal vulnerability of members’ domestic policies affects ongoing multilateral negotiations in the trade regime. First, we show that, contrary to conventional wisdom, increased enforcement does not necessarily make actors shy away from further cooperation. Legal vulnerability can ignite a positive dynamic of cooperation because it can increase the set of feasible agreements of WTO members. In a second stage, we set out how the nature of the issue at stake, i.e. whether it can be easily disaggregated into negotiable units, affects whether this positive dynamics of cooperation takes place. We illustrate the plausibility of the argument by way of four in-depth case studies of how potential (or actual) defendants and potential (or actual) complainants in WTO disputes responded to the incentives brought about by legal vulnerability and negotiated in the Doha round.


Arlo Poletti
Arlo Poletti geeft les aan de LUISS School of Government in Rome en is verbonden aan de onderzoeksgroep ACIM van het Departement Politieke Wetenschappen aan de Universiteit Antwerpen. Hij is de auteur van The European Union and Multilateral Trade Governance: The Politics of the Doha Round, London: Routledge.

Dirk De Bièvre
Dirk De Bièvre is professor internationale politiek en internationale politieke economie aan het departement politieke wetenschappen van de Universiteit Antwerpen en lid van de onderzoeksgroep ACIM. Zijn onderzoek concentreert zich op de Wereldhandelsorganisatie, de Europese handelspolitiek, en de invloed van belangengroepen.

    In Denemarken en Nederland is sprake geweest van wetgeving die tot doel had, in het belang van het kind, de gelijkheid van ouders ten opzichte van hun kinderen verder te bevorderen. Voor beide landen werd al tijdens de parlementaire behandeling van de wetsvoorstellen toegezegd dat de wetten binnen een termijn van drie jaar zouden worden geëvalueerd. Inmiddels heeft de evaluatie van de Deense wet op de ouderlijke verantwoordelijkheid ook tot wetswijziging geleid. In dit artikel worden de achtergrond van de Deense wetsevaluatie, de evaluatie zelf en de daaropvolgende wetswijzigingen behandeld. Daarna wordt kritisch gekeken naar de interactie tussen de wetsevaluatie en de daaropvolgende wetswijzigingen. De vragen die hier rijzen, betreffen de doelstellingen van de wetsevaluatie. Wat werd beoogd? Moest de wet zich bewijzen of werd alleen beoogd de eventuele scherpe randjes van de wet af te halen? In hoeverre zijn de bevindingen verwerkt in de daaropvolgende wetswijzigingen? Ten slotte wordt het gezamenlijk ouderschap na evaluatie in perspectief gebracht.
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    Recent developments in Danish and Dutch legislation have provided norms which were directed at furthering equality between parents, in the interest of the child. In both countries, it was promised in the course of the parliamentary deliberations that the enacted legislation would be evaluated within a period of three years. The Danish evaluation led to new legislation being enacted. In this article the background for the Danish evaluation, the findings in the evaluation en the resulting legislative changes are deliberated. Subsequently, the interaction between the evaluation and the resulting changes is critically analysed. An essential question concerns the purpose of the evaluation. What was envisaged? That the stated aims were realised? Or just the elimination of sharp edges of the legislation? To what extent were the findings in the evaluation taken into account in the subsequent legislative changes? Finally, joint parenting after evaluation will be brought into perspective.


Dr. Christina G. Jeppesen de Boer
Christina Jeppesen de Boer is a lecturer on comparative law at the Molengraaff Institute for Private Law (Utrecht University). She is also part of the Utrecht Centre for European Research into Family law (UCERF).

Michael Chatzipanagiotis
Associate, Marinos and Partners Law Firm, Greece

Rafael Moro-Aguilar
Head of Legal Affairs, Orbspace, Austria

Marco Ferrazzani
European Space Agency (ESA).

André Farand
European Space Agency (ESA).

Setsuko Aoki
Keio University, Japan.

Steven Freeland
University of Western Sydney, Australia

Ram Jakhu
McGill University, Canada

Sam Scimemi
Director, International Space Station, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D.C., USA

José Monserrat-Filho
Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), Brazilian Association of Air and Space Law (SBDA), Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC)

    Legal position of a known donor constitutes an ongoing challenge. Known donors are often willing to play a role in the child’s life. Their wishes range from scarce involvement to aspiring legal parentage. Therefore three persons may wish for parental role. This is not catered for in the current laws allowing only for two legal parents. Several studies show how lesbian mothers and a donor ’devise new definitions of parenthood’ extending ’beyond the existing normative framework’. However, the diversity in the roles of the donors suggests a split of parental rights between three persons rather than three traditional legal parents. In this article I will discuss three jurisdictions (Quebec, Sweden and the Netherlands), allowing co-mother to become legal parent other than by a step-parent adoption. I will examine whether these jurisdictions attempt to accommodate specific needs of lesbian families by splitting up parentage ’package’ between the duo-mothers and the donor.


Prof. mr. Masha Antokolskaia Ph.D.
Masha Antokolskaia is professor of Private Law (in particular, Personal Status and Family Law) at the VU University Amsterdam. She is a member of the Commission on European Family Law (CEFL) and a board member of the International Society of Family Law. She is author of a diverse range of monographs and articles written in Dutch, English and Russian. Her main research areas are: European comparative Family Law and Dutch Family Law, with particular regard to the law relating to relationships, parentage and divorce.

Olavo de O. Bittencourt Neto
Professor Doctor, Catholic University of Santos (Brazil)

Paul B. Larsen
The author taught air and space law for more than 40 years respectively at Southern Methodist University and at Georgetown University. He is co-author of Larsen,Sweeney and Gilick, Aviation Law, Cases, Laws and Related Sources, second edition (Martinus Nijhof, 2012) ad of Lyall and Larsen, Space Law A Treatise (Ashgate 2009).

Steven Wood
Head of Research & Intellectual Property, trakkies Research BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Henry R. Hertzfeld
Space Policy Institute, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA.

Michael C. Mineiro
Science and Technology Policy Institute, United States

Bhavya Lal
Science and Technology Policy Institute, United States

James D. Rendleman
USSTRATCOM JFCC SPACE, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. Supervising Attorney, Operations, Space & International Law, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, United States Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. Member, State Bar of California. Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of the U.S. Government, U.S. Air Force, or U.S. Strategic Command.

John D. Rummel
East Carolina University, USA.

Pascale Ehrenfreund
George Washington University, USA.
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