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De rol van de Vlaamse gemeenschapssenatoren in de Belgische federale staatsstructuur tijdens de legislatuur 1995-1999

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  • Dieter Vanhee orcid logo

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Flemish community senators hold seats in both the Flemish Parliament and the Belgian Senate. A lot of expectations are related to their specific mandate. On the basis of our analysis, though, we come to the conclusion that the community senators do not meet these high expectations. While one would expect Flemish community senators to be very active in putting forward parliamentary questions concerning deliberation and cooperation between the different governments, this was clearly not the case in 1995-1999. 'Community senators' in other words, do not exist. They do not act like a community senator, and according to the interviews, nor do they feel like one.  Prime Minister Verhofstadt, who wants to reform the Senate and revalue the role of the community senators by turning every senator into a community senator, is a warned man.  In the future, the concept of community senator will only work if significant structural changes are made.

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Vanhee, D., (2004) “De rol van de Vlaamse gemeenschapssenatoren in de Belgische federale staatsstructuur tijdens de legislatuur 1995-1999”, Res Publica 46(1), 122-141. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v46i1.18424

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30 Mar 2004
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