Author: Luc Holvoet
Political power in Brussels is not distributed randomly over its area. There is hardly any political power situated in districts with a very low socio-economic status ( SES), white there is an overconcentration of political power in districts with a high SES in relation to their population. The residents of very low SES districts are deprived in two ways : almost no power is situated in their districts and the office bolders who do live in them are generally among the least powerful.
It is noted that the power of the Dutch-language parties is distributed over the Brussels agglomeration in another way than the French-language parties. The power of the Dutch-language parties is situated primarily in low SES districts, while French-language parties have their power mainly in districts with a high SES.
The lack of political power of very low SES districts is not new. Since World War II, there has never been much power located in the zones where the part of the population that occupies the base of the production process lives. Democracy is still not able to prevent the formation of areas within the Brussels agglomeration in which the residents have a very small share in the power of the political parties.
How to Cite: Holvoet, L. (1982) “De politieke macht en de sociaal-economische status van de buurten binnen de Brusselse agglomeratie”, Res Publica. 24(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v24i1.19339