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Split Offer and Homogeneous Response in Belgium

The Conceptual and Empirical Limitations of (De)Nationalization

Journal Politics of the Low Countries, Issue 2 2019
Keywords (de-)nationalization, voting behaviour, party offer, voter response, methodological nationalism
Authors Luana Russo, Kris Deschouwer and Tom Verthé
AbstractAuthor's information

    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.
Research Note

N-VA: geboorte of verrijzenis?

Over hoe politieke partijen op verschillende manieren ‘nieuw’ kunnen zijn

Journal Res Publica, Issue 2 2018
Authors Stefanie Beyens, Kris Deschouwer, Emilie van Haute e.a.
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Stefanie Beyens
Stefanie Beyens is universitair docent en postdoctoraal onderzoeker aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Daar doet ze onderzoek naar succesvolle publieke organisaties: hoe worden/blijven ze effectief en legitiem, hoe dragen ze bij aan succesvol bestuur? Haar proefschrift, verdedigd in 2016, ging over de overlevingskansen van nieuwe politieke partijen en haar werk over partijen en verkiezingen is gepubliceerd in West European Politics, Party Politics en Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties.

Kris Deschouwer
Kris Deschouwer is onderzoeksprofessor aan de vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Hij verricht onderzoek over politieke partijen, verkiezingen, stemgedrag en het democratisch functioneren van verdeelde samenlevingen. Hij coördineert aan de VUB het Strategisch Onderzoeksprogramma EDGE (Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe).

Emilie van Haute
Emilie van Haute is professor in de politieke wetenschappen aan de Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), waar ze ook adjunct-directeur is van het Centre d’étude de la vie politique (Cevipol). Ze is gespecialiseerd in politieke partijen, politieke participatie, verkiezingen en democratie.

Tom Verthé
Tom Verthé is postdoctoraal assistent aan het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek aan de Universiteit Gent en gastprofessor aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Zijn onderzoek focust op partijen, verkiezingen en stemgedrag en verscheen onder meer in Party Politics, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, Italian Political Science Review en Res Publica.
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Samen naar de kiezer

De vorming van pre-electorale allianties tussen CD&V en N-VA en tussen SP.a en Groen! bij de gemeenteraadsverkiezingen van 2006

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2011
Keywords political parties, pre-electoral alliances, party strategies, local politics
Authors Tom Verthé and Kris Deschouwer
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    Political parties normally compete in elections individually. Yet, sometimes they join forces and form pre-electoral alliances. This rather unusual strategy contains both costs and benefits. In this article we try to identify those costs and benefits by opening up the black box of internal party decision making in considering pre-electoral alliance formation. We start by assuming that parties of different electoral sizes could have different motives to face the voter as one electoral list. Through in-depth interviews at the local level in Flanders, we have studied pre-electoral alliance formation for the municipal elections in 2006. We find that the arguments of large parties mainly focus on becoming the leading formation and thus claiming the initiative in coalition formation. Small parties have more varied motives for forming or failing to form a pre-electoral alliance.


Tom Verthé
Tom Verthé is aspirant van het Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen en doctoraatsstudent in de Vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Hij werkt over politieke partijen en verkiezingen en in het bijzonder over preelectorale alliantievorming.

Kris Deschouwer
Kris Deschouwer is onderzoeksprofessor in de Vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Hij werkt over politieke partijen, verkiezingen, federalisme en regionalisme en politieke besluitvorming in verdeelde samenlevingen.
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