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Consociationalism in the Brussels Capital Region: Dis-Proportional Representation and the Accommodation of National Minorities

Bodson, Thibaud and Loizides, Neophytos G. (2017) Consociationalism in the Brussels Capital Region: Dis-Proportional Representation and the Accommodation of National Minorities. In: McCulloch, Allison and McGarry, John, eds. Power-Sharing: Empirical and Normative Challenges. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-64036-8. E-ISBN 978-1-315-63668-9. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter examines the Brussels’ consociational model, a sophisticated and original system of regional and urban governance. We focus on two critical features of broader interest to consociational theories: proportionality and minority protection. While most classic and contemporary studies of consociationalism associate the latter with proportional representation (Lijphart 1968; McEvoy 2006; McGarry and O’Leary, 2009), we demonstrate how in Brussels, mechanisms of minority protection have substantially modified proportional representation, resulting in what has been called a “protective dis-proportional representation model.” We discuss the potential benefits and limits of dis-proportionality in favor of Dutch speakers in Brussels emphasizing the broader context of Belgium’s multi-level consociationalism (favoring the French speakers in Belgium’s central government). Finally, we propose a legal analysis of the Brussels dis-proportional representation model and question the compliance of the latter with the fundamental principles of equality and non-discrimination.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Centre for Federal Studies
Depositing User: Neophytos Loizides
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2015 12:51 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50986 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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