Hoe duurzaam is de heraangelegde Dorpsstraat ? : Lessen uit 8 oktober 2006

  • Johan Ackaert orcid logo
  • Herwig Reynaert
  • Peter Van Aelst orcid logo


Although the 2006 local elections can hardly be described as 'historical', there is sufficient evidence to distinguish remarkable characteristics associated with this elections. For the first time in decades, turnout has been growing. This evolution can be explained by several factors. This article emphasizes besides the impact of changes in the electoral rules, transformations in demographic structure of the population and the stake of the elections the importance of the media campaign surrounding the elections. However, in spite of this (national) campaigns, there are more than enough indications that local polities keeps its local 'nature'.  Secondly, the 2006 elections were the first ones organised after the transfer of the responsibility for municipality legislation from the federal state to the regions. This means that each region designed its own local government architecture and electoral rules. Yet, in practice, the consequences of this transformations seem to be very limited.  Thirdly, and particular in the Flemish region, 'strong mayors' arose from the ballot stations (with the Antwerp mayor as the most spectacular case). The consequences of this trend will in the future be the issue of a new debate concerning the relations between council , board of alderman and mayor.

How to Cite:

Ackaert, J. & Reynaert, H. & Van Aelst, P., (2007) “Hoe duurzaam is de heraangelegde Dorpsstraat ? : Lessen uit 8 oktober 2006”, Res Publica 49(1), p.213-225.

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Published on
30 Mar 2007
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