The federal arena is no longer the royal path
Why do certain MPs still commit to politics at the federal level while others swear allegiance only to the region? Are the trajectories of elected representatives in a straight line or are they uneven? What motivates them? What weight do political parties hold? Based on an analysis of nearly 2,200 political careers, Jérémy Dodeigne established the profiles of regional and federal MPs in Wallonia, Catalonia and Scotland. In the south of Belgium, the average homo politicus is often like a shooting star.
The forest can no longer be seen for the trees
Jérémy Dodeigne, a research fellow at the FNRS at the catholic University of Louvain and the University of Liege, sought to answer the above questions by not merely focussing on the better known cases like the two examples mentioned above. Rather, he focussed his attention on all elected representatives, the unseen part of the iceberg below water. “Studies on this subject generally only take account of people who move from one tier of government to another. But the forest cannot be seen for the trees as these studies omit some 80% to 90% of all deputies! The innovative aspect of my work lies in the scope of its inclusiveness”.