Reference : Do Belgian parties undermine the democratic chain of delegation?
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Law, criminology & political science : Political science, public administration & international relations
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/23559
Do Belgian parties undermine the democratic chain of delegation?
English
De Winter, Lieven [> >]
Dumont, Patrick mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE)]
2006
WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS
29
5
957-976
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
International
0140-2382
[en] The Belgian party-archy violates the ideal-type chain of parliamentary delegation in many ways, insofar as political parties play a predominant role at each stage. They channel the delegation of power from voters to MPs, from Parliament to the cabinet, from the collective cabinet to individual ministers, and from ministers to their civil servants. Hence, they can be considered the effective principals in the polity, and many actors of the parliamentary chain of delegation, such as MPs, ministers, and civil servants have been reduced to mere party agents. The extreme fragmentation of the Belgian party system in combination with its increasing need for multilevel coordination have further enhanced the position of political parties in the Belgian polity. Yet, at the same time (since the early 1990s), Belgium has also witnessed a gradual decline in the informal system of partitocratic delegation and clientelistic excesses, thereby giving back part of their autonomy to some formal agents, such as the cabinet, top civil servants and some MPs. Still, one can wonder whether these corrections are sufficient to counter the strong outburst of public dissatisfaction with the way parties have run the country in past decades.
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/23559
10.1080/01402380600968844

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