The Belgian federation: origins, functioning, prospects

When
03-03-2020 from 19:00 to 20:30
Where
Blandijn, Aud. 3 Suzanne Lilar
Language
English
Organizer
Martine De Reu
Contact
Martine.DeReu@ugent.be
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This lecture analyses the complex process of state reform in Belgium. Particular attention is paid to the major historical driving forces behind federalization, the functioning of the Belgian system, and ongoing debates on its future. Why was the unitary state abolished? Why was it replaced by a system of three regions and three communities? How did party politics affect the linguistic/community conflict, and vice versa? Which alternative models are on the table? And what strengthens or weakens Belgium’s chances of survival?

Lecturer: Maxime Vandenberghe, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences