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The Politics of Belgium (2nd Edition)

Governing a Divided Society

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 296
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Comparative Government and Politics

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02 October 2012

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02 October 2012

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03 September 2012

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17 September 2012

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Belgium set a new world record in 2011 for the time needed to form a government, taking no less than 541 days to bring together a new federal coalition. Governing a divided society like Belgium is never easy, demanding...

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Belgium set a new world record in 2011 for the time needed to form a government, taking no less than 541 days to bring together a new federal coalition. Governing a divided society like Belgium is never easy, demanding appropriate institutions and advanced political skills.

In this fully revised and updated text, Kris Deschouwer gives an even-handed and analytically sophisticated account of contemporary Belgium politics. He explains the background to the territorial divide between a Dutch-speaking north and a French-speaking south that has shaped the political system and has led Belgium's polarized communities to contemplate divorce after decades of search for institutional responses to internal conflict. Deschouwer sets out the institutional arrangements of what has been called the most thorough example of a consociational democracy, and shows how this form of democratic government, along with Belgium's particular federal system has provided a basis – most of the time – to govern a deeply divided country.

Fully updated to cover the latest developments, including the 2011 agreement on new constitutional reform, this leading text provides a comprehensive picture of Belgian politics which helps answer the question of whether Belgium – and indeed other divided societies – can be governed in a legitimate democratic manner.

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  • Fully revised and updated edition of the leading text on Belgian politics 
  • Belgium is rarely out of the news with the ever present threat of break up and problems of finding a stable coalition
  • A key case study in comparative politics

Why Belgium?
A Short Political History
Territorial Organization and Reorganization
Political Parties
Voting and Elections
The Government
The Parliament
Policymaking
Belgium in the World
Still Belgium?.

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Kris Deschouwer is Research Professor of Politics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

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Kris Deschouwer is Research Professor of Politics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

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