Het beschermde dorp Nationale tendensen bij gemeenteraadsverkiezingen

  • Fanny Wille
  • Kris Deschouwer orcid logo


In national elections the results te nd to beco me mo re 'nationalized': a homogeneous party offer all over the territory, less variation in the results per constituency and more homogeneous electoral swings. This article investigates whether this nationalization can also be witnessed at local elections. lt focuses on two indicators: the party offer and the voting behaviour. The party offer is the presence of the national parties on the local ballot paper, while the voting behaviour looks at patterns of homogeneity across the municipalities.  The answer to the question of nationalization is mixed . The Flemish and Walloon local elections display the same long-term trend as the national elections, but they keep their own local character. The heterogeneity of the local party offer clearly demonstrates the local specificity of the local elections, and consequentl y the voting behaviour also differs from the voting behaviour at national elections. We also find that the local elections in Wallonia are less nationalized than in Flanders.  Although the local character of the local elections remains important, the newer parties - Ecolo and Groen! - show until 2000 a clear trend towards nationalization.  Especially the extre me right Vlaams Belang shows positive scores on all indicators of nationalization since
its first local appearance in 1982.

How to Cite:

Wille, F. & Deschouwer, K., (2007) “Het beschermde dorp Nationale tendensen bij gemeenteraadsverkiezingen”, Res Publica 49(1), p.67-88.

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Published on
30 Mar 2007
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