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Vlaanderen voor het Blok? Het electorale succes van extreem-rechts herbekeken
Samenleving en Politiek (2001)
  • Jurgen De Wispelaere
  • Michael Wagemans, London School of Economics
Abstract
This brief note explores the continuing rise of the Flemish Blok, the extreme right-wing party in Belgium. We briefly challenge the most common explanations and propose that part of the explanation might be due to the specific electoral context of Belgium and Flanders. The combination of compulsory voting, a multi-party coalition politics, and the absence of a genuine opportunity to cast a protest vote, we surmise, significantly explains the vote share of the Flemish Blok. If this diagnosis is correct, the solution to the problem is to ensure that genuine protest voters have an alternative avenue to register discontent with the current government, or even politics more generally, instead of a vote for the Extreme Right.
Keywords
  • political extremism,
  • democracy,
  • voting,
  • electoral systems
Publication Date
April, 2001
Citation Information
Jurgen De Wispelaere and Michael Wagemans. "Vlaanderen voor het Blok? Het electorale succes van extreem-rechts herbekeken" Samenleving en Politiek Vol. 8 Iss. 4 (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dewispelaere/13/