This is not a federation
Five hundred and forty-one days. Belgium was certainly not experiencing its first political crisis, but the crisis that followed the elections of June 2010 was one for the books, if only because of its length. What is the nature of Belgian federalism today? How has it changed? What is it becoming? “Belgian federalism”, a work co-directed by the political scientist Geoffroy Matagne, analyzes the singular politics of “le plat pays”.
Belgium for people who know nothing about it
The title of the book could just as well have been “Belgium for people who know nothing about it”, in view of the efforts the 12 authors represented here have made to render a complex subject clear and simple. At times they refer to the institutional structures that have existed between 1830 in the present day, especially to those associated with Brussels. At times they focus on socio-political actors (analyses of political platforms of the parties, or on the careers of parliamentarians and social partners); they also discuss the representations of these things published in the media, and their effect on public opinion.
(1) Régis DANDOY, Geoffroy MATAGNE, Caroline VAN WYNSBERGHE et al., Le fédéralisme belge. Enjeux institutionnels, acteurs socio-politiques et opinions publiques, Louvain-la-Neuve, Academia-L’Harmattan, coll. Science politique, 2013