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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Politics of Belgium

Governing a Divided Society

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137029607
Publication Date October 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Comparative Government and Politics

A fully updated edition of the leading text on this small divided country at the heart of Europe that set a new world record by taking 541 days to form a new federal coalition in 2011.

Kris Deschouwer is Research Professor of Politics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Why Belgium?
A Short Political History
Territorial Organization and Reorganization
Political Parties
Voting and Elections
The Government
The Parliament
Policymaking
Belgium in the World
Still Belgium?

Reviews

Review of previous edition:
'[A] long overdue single-authored book-length study of Belgian politics. . . which is likely to remain a key reference. . . for several years to come. . . There is little to fault in this book. . . Kris Deschouwer, one of Belgium's leading political scientists. . . knows Belgian politics very well, writes in a clear and accessible style. . . [and] is an excellent comparative scholar.' - Wilfred Swenden, Acta Politica
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