Het Belgisch ministerieel carrièrepatroon : Proeve tot internationale vergelijking

  • Erwin Das


The sociography of the Belgian post-war minister is characterized by an upper middle-class or middle-class origin, a French-speaking and male preponderance and a university-education. The most frequent professional occupations are lawyer, professor and executive.
The political career which led to a ministerial post, went in the first place through the legislative body (city-council, county-council and parliament) (the legislative type) and in the second place through the
political parties (the national and district-party-leader). After their ministerial career 39 % of the ministers played a promine part in the parliament; 35 %, however, prosecuted an extra-parliamentary and prestigious « after-function ».
The Belgian ministerial career pattern bears some resemblances to the Dutch, German and French career pattern, but also many differences.  The most outstanding difference is the importance of the bureaucratic component in the structure of the ministerial elite in those three countries, where in Belgium this is not very important.

How to Cite:

Das, E., (1987) “Het Belgisch ministerieel carrièrepatroon : Proeve tot internationale vergelijking”, Res Publica 29(2), 207-229. doi:

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Published on
29 Jun 1987
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