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Candidates, Parties and Voters in the Belgian Partitocracy

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Analyses the variations of Belgian candidates’ political and socio-demographic background, campaign behaviour towards voters and parties, and policy views

  • Digs into the triadic delegation and accountability relationship between candidates, voters, and parties

  • Based on rich data from the Belgian Candidate Survey 2014

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Campaigning

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 129-129
    2. The Puzzle of Personalisation of Politics: Evidence from Candidate Campaigns in Belgium 2007–2014

      • Lieven De Winter, Pierre Baudewyns, Maximilien Cogels
      Pages 131-160
    3. Campaigning and Candidates: Different Strategies for Different Candidates

      • Maximilien Cogels, Pierre Baudewyns
      Pages 161-188
  3. Policy Congruence

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 213-213
    2. From More or Less Integration to Status Quo? Explaining Candidates’ and Citizens’ Attitudes Towards European Integration

      • Samuel Defacqz, Jérémy Dodeigne, Ferdinand Teuber, Virginie Van Ingelgom
      Pages 273-310
  4. Representation and Democracy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 311-311
    2. Between Parties and Voters: Candidates’ Role Conception in the Belgian Partitocracy

      • Chloé Janssen, Mihail Chiru, Lieven De Winter
      Pages 313-339
    3. Critical Candidates: Elite Attitudes Towards the Functioning of Representative Democracy

      • Christoph Niessen, Nathalie Schiffino, Vincent Jacquet, Ludovic Deschamps
      Pages 341-363
    4. Conclusion: Studying Candidates, Parties and Voters. Lessons Learned and New Questions

      • Audrey Vandeleene, Lieven De Winter, Pierre Baudewyns
      Pages 365-380
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 381-398

About this book

A black box in the study of representation in European democracies is our knowledge about elected but also unelected candidates. What is their background? How are they recruited? What are their campaign aims, strategies, resources and tools? How do they relate to their (constituency and central) party and their voters? How do they consider democratic governance at national and European levels? This book focuses on the triadic relationship between candidates and the other poles of the delegation and accountability triangle: political parties and voters. The chapters rely mostly on the Belgian Candidate Survey (CCS project) gathering about 2000 candidates belonging to 15 parties running for the 2014 federal and regional elections. Most conclusions do not hold only for the Belgian partitocracy but answer broad political science questions on elite recruitment, electoral strategies, personalisation, party cohesion, and descriptive and substantive representation. Its multilevel semi-open electoral system, atypical federal structure, and extreme party system fragmentation make Belgium a rich but complex case offering findings highly relevant to research on candidates in other democracies.

Audrey Vandeleene is Researcher in the Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden.

Lieven De Winter is Senior Professor of Political Science at the Centre of Political Science and Comparative Politics (CESPOL), Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Pierre Baudewyns is Professor of Political Science at the Centre of Political Science and Comparative Politics (CESPOL), Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Keywords

  • candidates
  • political parties
  • voters
  • Belgium
  • electoral campaigns
  • Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS)
  • Western Europe
  • representative democracy
  • congruence
  • principal-agent theory
  • partitocracy
  • democracy

Reviews

“This book successfully frames the triadic relationship between candidates, voters and parties within the principal–agent theory by making theoretically relevant the distinction between realistic and non-realistic candidates and by approaching the Belgian multilevel elections of May 2014 as a comparative test. It greatly improves our knowledge on political representation.” (Paolo Segatti, University of Milan, Italy)

“This book is a major and timely contribution to the important and growing field of studies about democratic representation. The authors cover important dimensions of the triadic link between voters, parties and candidates that help explain differences and similarities in candidates’ background, campaign activities, policy congruence and views on representation and democracy.” (Eva H. Önnudóttir, University of Iceland, Iceland)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Lund University, Lund, Sweden

    Audrey Vandeleene

  • Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

    Lieven De Winter, Pierre Baudewyns

About the editors

Audrey Vandeleene is Researcher in the Department of Political Science at Lund University, Sweden.

Lieven De Winter is Senior Professor of Political Science at the Centre of Political Science and Comparative Politics (CESPOL), Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Pierre Baudewyns is Professor of Political Science at the Centre of Political Science and Comparative Politics (CESPOL), Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.


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Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-96460-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)