Vertegenwoordiging van oude en nieuwe breuklijnen in de Lage Landen

  • Karen Celis orcid logo
  • Bram Wauters orcid logo


This article investigates whether group-based polities is still relevant in Belgian and Dutch politics. Based on the PARTIREP MP Survey it more precisely studies the extent to which Belgian and Dutch parliamentarians in comparison to other European countries attach importance to the representation of 'old' cleavage groups (class and religious groups) or new groups (age groups, women and ethnic minorities), and which strategies are considered most appropriate. Group representation of old and new groups is found to be of great importance in both countries. Class is not dead and age groups are also highly represented . In contrast, religious groups and ethnic minorities receive far less attention in the Low Countries. Notwithstanding these similarities, there is also cross-country variation regarding the level of importance (greater in the Netherlands), the represented groups and the strategies for representation.

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Celis, K. & Wauters, B., (2012) “Vertegenwoordiging van oude en nieuwe breuklijnen in de Lage Landen”, Res Publica 54(3), p.309-330.

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Published on
29 Sep 2012
Peer Reviewed