|Author (Person)||Beyers, Jan, Bursens, Peter|
|Series Title||West European Politics|
|Series Details||Vol.29, No.5, November 2006, p1057-1078|
|Publication Date||November 2006|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
This article investigates the impact of European integration on the Belgian federal polity. In particular, we substantiate two propositions. First, we show that European integration stimulates Regions, Communities and central government to cooperate. Second, Europe prevents the central government level from disappearing. Europeanisation seems to have a centralising effect on some parts of the Belgian polity. In general, the constitutionally dual nature of the Belgian federation has, due to European influences, incrementally evolved into a practice of cooperation and joint decision-making. These conclusions are supported by an in-depth exploration of five policy areas: the overall domestic European coordination procedures, environmental policy, agricultural policy, social policy and the European treaty negotiations.
|Countries / Regions||Belgium|