Reference : Do Identities Matter More than Party Interests in Territorial Politics? Insights from...
Scientific congresses and symposiums : Unpublished conference/Abstract
Law, criminology & political science : Political science, public administration & international relations
Do Identities Matter More than Party Interests in Territorial Politics? Insights from Belgium
Reuchamps, Min mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Politique européenne >]
Dave, Sinardet mailto [ > > ]
Dodeigne, Jérémy mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Gouvernance et société >]
Territorial Politics in Western and Eastern Europe
14-15 June 2012
Valentyna Romanova (Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow)
United Kingdom
[en] Territorial politics ; Federalism ; Belgium
[en] In territorial politics, identities are a chief variable of the political life. By definition, the ethno-linguistic identities play(ed) an important role in the federal dynamics of several highly divided societies. In most cases, the institutional design is in fact adapted or has been adapted to the ethno-linguistic divisions of the country. According to quite a few scholars, it is especially true for political elites who are not only shaped by this variable but also use this variable to legitimate their attitudes and actions. Therefore political elites of each ethno-linguistic group appeared to behave as monolithic blocks, standing against each other along ethno-linguistic lines. Nonetheless, this view neglects the role of party interests in explaining the behaviors of political elites. An important question for territorial politics can be raised: do identities matter more that party interests?
The current reform of the Belgian state provides a fertile ground to test this hypothesis. To what extent, party interests can account for political elites’ position in the debate about the 6th Belgian constitutional reform? To explore these questions, we surveyed every representative of Belgium’s seven legislative assemblies with a standardized questionnaire (Summer 2011). This research will help us apprehend the rationale behind political elites’ attitudes – be it identities, party interests or a mix of them – negotiating the new boundaries of the state and above all shed light on territorial politics in Europe.
The Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh
Marie Curie Programme ; Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
Territorial politics in Ukraine during transition from authoritarian rule
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students

There is no file associated with this reference.

Bookmark and Share SFX Query

All documents in ORBi are protected by a user license.