Authors: Carl Devos , Elke Matthyssen , Herwig Reynaert , Jacqueline Van Hoe
The way politicians get in contact with local polities in Flanders bas been examined based on the sociological distinction between ascribed and achieved status positions. Politically active relatives were considered characteristic of ascribed local mandates.
Membership of different associations was seen as a way of personally achieving a local mandate. The results indicate that a combination of both was most frequently occuring. In spite of popular convictions, family was still quite important to get in contact with politics. This is shown in the high rates of respondents having politically active relatives.
Next to this, a lot of political involvement occured via participation in a diversity of associations. Participations considered were membership, diligence and officeholding in a political party, a union, a health insurance organisation, an advisory body and all other political or non-political associations.
How to Cite: Devos, C. , Matthyssen, E. , Reynaert, H. & Van Hoe, J. (1997) “Hoe komen toekomstige mandatarissen in contact met de lokale politiek ? : Een verkennend onderzoek”, Res Publica. 39(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v39i1.18600