Spreken lokale afdelingen van Vlaamse partijen uit één mond?

  • Carl Devos orcid logo
  • Dries Verlet
  • Herwig Reynaert orcid logo


lt is often suggested that the nationalization of local elections has increased. As a result, a hypothesis could be that the mutual differences between policy programs of local divisions of the same national party decrease. In this contribution, we focus on the local election of October 8th 2006 in order to analyse these mutual differences. The aim of this contribution is to measure the homogeneity or heterogeneity of the policy positions of the local divisions of national political parties, on a range of substantive issues on which they have the freedom to differ. Therefore, we compare the opinions of local party agents within the different party families. We use the results of a survey among the representatives of the local departments of the different political parties in the run-up to the local electi ons. Our research shows that, regarding to the selected questions, in general the local divisions speak with one voice. Our analysis does not indicate that there is a large mixture of visions between divisions of the same national party. Besides, this analysis shows that in general, the size of the municipality can seldom be used in indicating the relative disagreement within political
families. This level of agreement is the largest within the green party and the smallest within the liberal family. Those are also the two parties of which the local agents say that the influence of supra-local party levels is small, compared to representatives of other political families .

How to Cite:

Devos, C. & Verlet, D. & Reynaert, H., (2007) “Spreken lokale afdelingen van Vlaamse partijen uit één mond?”, Res Publica 49(1), p.89-110.

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Published on
30 Mar 2007
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