Belgium : State of the Federation 2021

Europe/Brussels
Faculté des Sciences économiques, sociales et de gestion

Faculté des Sciences économiques, sociales et de gestion

rue Rempart de la Vierge, 8 5000 NAMUR
Description

After the virtual 2020 conference wonderfully organised by our colleagues from the Ghent University, we are glad to invite you to the 10th (!) edition of the State of the Federation. The “SoF” conference has now become a very awaited event among our community. Since its creation, it has grown as a key event for Belgian and Belgium-based political scientists (but also for some international scholars), with high-quality panels and interventions as well as with motivated and engaged researchers.  After a rather difficult past year, we hope that this 10th edition will once again be a welcoming opportunity to come together to present and discuss results of political science in Belgium.

 

The conference will take place on Friday 17 December 2021, a few days before the winter break, as tradition requires. If health conditions allow it, the conference will take place in face-to-face at the University of Namur. Were the conditions to change, we would then endeavour to repeat the 2020 virtual format. We welcome papers dealing with any aspect of politics in Belgium and comparative politics. Topics could include: electoral and party politics, federalism and institutional reform, participation and representation, public policies and administration, covid politics or Belgium’s international and European politics. Papers could examine all levels of the polity (local, regional, federal, European and international).

Please submit your abstract(s) of max 200 words on the registration form by 22 October 2021 at the latest.


Organizing Committee: Jérémy Dodeigne, Archibald Gustin, Elisa Minsart, Gert-Jan Put and Carine Remy.

Registration
Registration
    • 09:15 09:45
      Welcome: Registration and Welcome
      Convener: JÉRÉMY DODEIGNE (Universite de Namur)
    • 09:45 10:10
      Panel 1 : Federalism and regionalism: Jakob Frateur (UAntwerpen): Assessing the state of democracy of multilevel polities and their reforms: the case of Belgium.

      Chair: Gert-Jan Put (UNamur)
      Discussant: Min Reuchamps (UCLouvain)

    • 09:45 10:05
      Panel 2: Democratic innovations I: Maxime Gaborit (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles) : Délibérer pour le climat en France et en Belgique

      Chair: François Randour (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Ramon van der Does (UCLouvain)

    • 09:45 10:18
      Panel 3: Political Communication: Nicolas De Vadder (ULB) & Lukas Kins (ULB): Party organisation and campaign digitalisation: analysing tasks and role perceptions among digital communication staff in French-speaking Belgian parties

      Chair: Archibald Gustin (ULiège)
      Discussant: Laura Jacobs (ULB)

    • 10:05 10:25
      Panel 2: Democratic innovations I: Vincent Jacquet (UNamur), Jérémy Dodeigne (UNamur) & Elisa Minsart (UNamur): Which public authorities invest in participatory budgeting?

      Chair: François Randour (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Ramon van der Does (UCLouvain)

    • 10:10 10:35
      Panel 1 : Federalism and regionalism: Laura Pascolo (UCLouvain): The federal dynamics in Belgium: the points of views of political parties and their members

      Chair: Gert-Jan Put (UNamur)
      Discussant: Min Reuchamps (UCLouvain)

    • 10:18 10:51
      Panel 3: Political Communication: - Elise Storme (Universiteit Gent): How About the Female Voice: Evaluating the Representation of Flemish Ministers in Newspaper Articles

      Chair: Archibald Gustin (ULiège)
      Discussant: Laura Jacobs (ULB)

    • 10:25 10:45
      Panel 2: Democratic innovations I: Ann-Mireille Sautter (UCLouvain) & Min Reuchamps (UCLouvain): The Parliamentarization of deliberative democracy: Why would MPs institutionalize citizen participation in their Parliament

      Chair: François Randour (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Ramon van der Does (UCLouvain)

    • 10:35 11:00
      Panel 1 : Federalism and regionalism: Lorenzo Terrière (Universiteit Gent): When crossing the Rubicon: regionalist parties in government

      Chair: Gert-Jan Put (UNamur)
      Discussant: Min Reuchamps (UCLouvain)

    • 10:45 11:05
      Panel 2: Democratic innovations I: Julien Vrydagh (VUB & UCLouvain): Driving the same vehicle but with a different itinerary? How initiators justify the use of minipublics in Belgium (2001-2021)

      Chair: François Randour (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Ramon van der Does (UCLouvain)

    • 10:51 11:25
      Panel 3: Political Communication: Gunther Vanden Eynde (KU Leuven) & Gert-Jan Put (UNamur): The coming of age of paid digital campaigning: Equalization or Normalization in the 2019 Belgian federal elections

      Chair: Archibald Gustin (ULiège)
      Discussant: Laura Jacobs (ULB)

    • 11:00 11:25
      Panel 1 : Federalism and regionalism: Maxime Vandenberghe (Universiteit Gent): Federalization and Accommodative Power-Sharing: Curse or Cure? The Impact of Federalization on Communal Conflict in Belgian Cabinets

      Chair: Gert-Jan Put (UNamur)
      Discussant: Min Reuchamps (UCLouvain)

    • 11:05 11:25
      Panel 2: Democratic innovations I: Nina De Smedt (Ghent University) : The changed face of local councillors

      Chair: François Randour (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Ramon van der Does (UCLouvain)

    • 11:25 11:40
      Coffee break 15m
    • 11:40 12:13
      Panel 4: Political parties: Floriane Geels (Saint-Louis University): Basic income(s): support and opposition of Belgian political parties

      Chair: Alban Versailles (UCLouvain)
      Discussant(s): TBC

    • 11:40 12:13
      Panel 5: Multi-level politics: Loris Gathy (KU Leuven): The influence of country-specific recommendations: the case of "spending reviews" in Flanders and Wallonia

      Chair: Thomas Laloux (UCLouvain)
      Discussant(s): TBC

    • 11:40 12:13
      Panel 6: Voting and Electoral Behavior I: Benjamin Blanckaert (VUB) & Didier Caluwaerts (VUB) : Belonging or betraying? Ethnic identity strength and cross-ethnic voting

      Chair: Vincent Jacquet (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Gert-Jan Put (UNamur)

    • 12:13 12:46
      Panel 4: Political parties: Jasmien Luypaert: (Universiteit Gent): When do parties change their political product? Causes of programmatic-, organizational – and personnel reforms in Belgian mainstream parties

      Chair: Alban Versailles (UCLouvain)
      Discussant(s): TBC

    • 12:13 12:46
      Panel 5: Multi-level politics: Sophie Kopsch (UNamur & UCLouvain): So close but still too far away from power? Unveiling women's careers in the European Parliament

      Chair: Thomas Laloux (UCLouvain)
      Discussant(s): TBC

    • 12:13 12:46
      Panel 6: Voting and Electoral Behavior I: Jérémy Dodeigne (UNamur), Jean-Benoit Pilet (ULB) & Peter Thijssen (UAntwerpen): Can voters correctly assess the electability of candidates in PR list systems? A study of Belgian local elections

      Chair: Vincent Jacquet (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Gert-Jan Put (UNamur)

    • 12:46 13:20
      Panel 4: Political parties: Raf Reuse (Universiteit Gent): Ideological nationalization within Flemish parties. An exploratory study based on computerized coding of local party manifestos

      Chair: Alban Versailles (UCLouvain)
      Discussant(s): TBC

    • 12:46 13:20
      Panel 5: Multi-level politics: François Randour (UNamur) & Soetkin Verhaegen (Maastricht University): Unpacking Belgian citizens’ attitudes towards (de)centralization: an interplay of efficiency, identity and socialization?

      Chair: Thomas Laloux (UCLouvain)
      Discussant(s): TBC

    • 12:46 13:20
      Panel 6: Voting and Electoral Behavior I: Silke Goubin (KU Leuven): Do Belgians care about economic inequality? How inequality does (not) drive political engagement in an “equal” society

      Chair: Vincent Jacquet (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Gert-Jan Put (UNamur)

    • 13:20 15:00
      Lunch Break 1h 40m
    • 15:00 15:21
      Panel 7: Public Opinion and Attitudes: Lore Baeten (UGent) & Anna Kern (UGent): To what degree is policy-making responsive to electoral losers? A comparative analysis of policy responsiveness in European democracies

      Chair: TBC
      Discussant(s): TBC

    • 15:00 15:26
      Panel 8: Voting and Electoral Behavior II: Jérémy Dodeigne (UNamur), Gert-Jan Put (UNamur) & Jean-Benoit Pilet (ULB): A war of all against all? Explaining the level of intraparty competition in preferential list PR systems cross-nationally

      Chair: Sophie Kopsch (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Peter Thijssen (UAntwerpen)

    • 15:00 15:21
      Panel 9: Democratic Innovations II: Loïc Cobut (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles) : Local governance and the (non)emergence of renewable energy cooperatives. The case of Wallonia.

      Chair: Elisa Minsart (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Sebastien Rojon (ULB)

    • 15:21 15:42
      Panel 7: Public Opinion and Attitudes: Kamil Bernaerts (VUB and University of Warwick) & Didier Caluwaerts (VUB): Institutional design and polarisation: do consensus democracies fare better in fighting polarisation than majoritarian democracies?

      Chair: TBC
      Discussant(s): TBC

    • 15:21 15:42
      Panel 9: Democratic Innovations II: Rebecca Gebauer (UCLouvain), Ann-Mireille Sauter (UCLouvain), Christoph Niessen (UCLouvain) & Min Reuchamps (UCLouvain): Public perceptions of institutionalized deliberative mini-publics

      Chair: Elisa Minsart (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Sebastien Rojon (ULB)

    • 15:26 15:52
      Panel 8: Voting and Electoral Behavior II: Peter Thijssen (UAntwerpen), Rozemarijn van Dijk (UAntwerpen) & Patrick van Erkel (UAntwerpen): Playing the (wo)man: the effect of centralized personalized voting on affective polarization

      Chair: Sophie Kopsch (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Peter Thijssen (UAntwerpen)

    • 15:42 16:03
      Panel 7: Public Opinion and Attitudes: Thomas Laloux (UCLouvain), Virginie Van Ingelgom (UCLouvain), Soetkin Verhaegen (Maastricht University) & Alban Versailles (UCLouvain): Citizens’ perception of globalization: a systematic review and research agenda

      Chair: TBC
      Discussant(s): TBC

    • 15:42 16:03
      Panel 9: Democratic Innovations II: Christophe Niessen (European University Institute), Sean Mueller (Université de Lausanne) & Min Reuchamps (UCLouvain): Democratic Innovations in Multilingual Federations: Taking Group-Level Dynamics for Demand Seriously

      Chair: Elisa Minsart (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Sebastien Rojon (ULB)

    • 15:52 16:18
      Panel 8: Voting and Electoral Behavior II: Laura Jacobs (ULB), Caroline Close (ULB) & Jean-Benoit Pilet (ULB): The Angry Voter? The role of emotions in explaining the populist vote at the 2019 Belgian elections

      Chair: Sophie Kopsch (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Peter Thijssen (UAntwerpen)

    • 16:03 16:24
      Panel 7: Public Opinion and Attitudes: - Heidi Mercenier (VUB and UCLouvain): Understanding citizens’ resentment towards politics: a matter of time?

      Chair: TBC
      Discussant(s): TBC

    • 16:03 16:24
      Panel 9: Democratic Innovations II: Ramon van der Does (UCLouvain): Societal Fragmentation and the Rise and Fall of Deliberative Politics

      Chair: Elisa Minsart (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Sebastien Rojon (ULB)

    • 16:18 16:45
      Panel 8: Voting and Electoral Behavior II: Archibald Gustin (ULiège) & Geoffrey Grandjean (ULiège): The political consequences of the use of constructive motions of no-confidence at the local level in Wallonia (2006-2018)

      Chair: Sophie Kopsch (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Peter Thijssen (UAntwerpen)

    • 16:24 16:45
      Panel 7: Public Opinion and Attitudes: Soetkin Verhaegen (Maastricht University), Alban Versailles (UCLouvain), Virginie Van Ingelgom (UCLouvain) & Thomas Laloux (UCLouvain): Studying legitimacy in the context of multilevel government: concept and operationalization

      Chair: TBC
      Discussant(s): TBC

    • 16:24 16:45
      Panel 9: Democratic Innovations II: Lisa van Dijk (KU Leuven), Emma Turkenburg (KU Leuven) & James Pow (Queen’s University Belfast): The perceived legitimacy of deliberative minipublics: A polarised perspective

      Chair: Elisa Minsart (UNamur)
      Discussant(s): Sebastien Rojon (ULB)

    • 17:00 18:15
      Plenary Session: ‘Which 7th State Reform for the Belgian political system?’ A discussion with Dave Sinardet (VUB) and Jean Faniel (CRISP)
    • 18:15 19:30
      Closing reception 1h 15m