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The politics of Belgium : a unique federalism

Author: John Fitzmaurice
Publisher: London : Hurst, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is a totally rewritten and updated version of an earlier work by the same author. Since its publication in 1981, The Politics of Belgium has become something of a standard work on the Belgian political system in English, but it could not take account of later developments on the road towards federalism. Its new title seeks to emphasise that Belgium has become a fully and overtly federal state - something that  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fitzmaurice, John.
Politics of Belgium.
London : Hurst, ©1996
(OCoLC)605944626
Online version:
Fitzmaurice, John.
Politics of Belgium.
London : Hurst, ©1996
(OCoLC)608989036
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Fitzmaurice
ISBN: 1850652090 9781850652090 1850652155 9781850652151
OCLC Number: 34662853
Description: xvii, 284 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / Guy Spitaels --
Map of Belgium --
1. A Short History of Belgium --
2. The Economy and Society --
3. Central Government --
4. The Reform of the State --
5. The Structure of the New Belgium: Federalised Government --
6. The Political Parties and the Party System --
7. Other Political Actors --
8. Foreign and Security Policy --
9. Conclusions: The Future --
App. A. Belgian Monarchs --
App. B. Belgian governments since the Liberation (1944) --
App. C. Composition of the House of Representatives, 1946-.
Responsibility: John Fitzmaurice ; with a foreword by Guy Spitaels.

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In recent years Belgium's federal system has been threatened by a competition for power between the Flemish and Walloon communities. This text presents a balanced portrait of Belgium's history,  Read more...

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