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lnfluences des modifications de la loi électorale communale

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  • Henri Breny

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The technical changes in the local-elections law that were recently implemented have only had a negligible effect on the electoral results.  As a matter of fact they did not bring about any change in the two major evils that beset local elections in Belgium. These are indeed dominated by a particular system (Imperiali) of allocation of seats that systematically deviates from proportional representation and is heavily resented as such by a considerable part of the public opinion. The recent modifications allow a voting method (the multiple vote) that wilt - from now on and increasingly so in the future - give a possibility to particular factions that are slightly stronger within a certain party to conquer a far more than proportional share of the party seats and
might well come close to the total number of seats allocated to a certain party. It is indeed the democratic nature of the electoral system in Belgium that is at stake here.

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Breny, H., (1976) “lnfluences des modifications de la loi électorale communale”, Res Publica 18(3-4), p.475-189. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v18i3-4.19503

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30 Dec 1976
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