Project

Decentralization and conflict resolution: an analysis of the Belgian case.

Duration
01 October 2019 → 01 November 2019
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Federalism
    • Belgian politics
    • Party politics
Keywords
Belgium Conflict resolution Decentralization Devolution Ethnic groups Federalism Government crises Negotiations Party positions
 
Project description

Does decentralization fuel or pacify conflicts between ethnic groups? This study on a critical case (Belgium) uses time series to assess decentralization’s impact on (1) the policy disagreement between Flemish and Francophone elites (1978-2019) and (2) their negotiating and conflictresolving
capacity (1945-2019). We will also test whether this potential impact has been even more manifest after the 1995 milestone.