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|Title: ||Hoe duurzaam is de heraangelegde Dorpsstraat?|
|Other Titles: ||Lessen uit 8 oktober 2006|
|Authors: ||ACKAERT, Johan|
Van Aelst, Peter
|Issue Date: ||2007|
|Citation: ||Res Publica, 49(1). p. 213-225|
|Abstract: ||Drawing lessons from the 2006 local elections in Belgium
Although the 2006 local elections can hardly be described as ‘historical’, there is sufficient
evidence to distinguish remarkable characteristics associated with this elections. For the first
time in decades, turnout has been growing. This evolution can be explained by several factors.
This article emphasizes besides the impact of changes in the electoral rules, transformations
in demographic structure of the population and the stake of the elections the importance
of the media campaign surrounding the elections. However, in spite of this
(national) campaigns, there are more than enough indications that local politics keeps its local
Secondly, the 2006 elections were the first ones organised after the transfer of the responsibility
for municipality legislation from the federal state to the regions. This means that each
region designed its own local government architecture and electoral rules. Yet, in practice,
the consequences of this transformations seem to be very limited.
Thirdly, and particular in the Flemish region, ‘strong mayors’ arose from the ballot stations
(with the Antwerp mayor as the most spectacular case). The consequences of this trend will
in the future be the issue of a new debate concerning the relations between council, board
of alderman and mayor.|
|Type: ||Journal Contribution|
|Validation: ||vabb, 2010|
|Appears in Collections: ||Research publications|
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