This project offers an innovative perspective on medieval insurgency. An in-depth analysis of the social protest of commoners will reveal whether the role of urban commoners in sustaining and spreading contentious beliefs was an essential one. Instead of considering protestors as violent rebels whose collective actions were harmful to political progress, as scholarship has often done in the past, this project sees citizens as creative voices ...
This thesis explores the existence and modus operandi of interwar elite networks and the ways they have (or tried to) influenced Belgian politics in the period between the two world wars. Traditionally, these two decades are associated with the breakthrough of democratization in the twenties, the success of the New Order movements in the thirties and political instability throughout the entire period. At the same time, researchers ...
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The Local Council: Cornerstone or Fragment of Local Democracy? Belgian Councillors in a Comparative Perspective Ghent University
This project is turned to the role of local councillors in a changing governmental environment. More in particular it focuses on the vision of local councillors on: a) local democracy, government and policy b) the position/functioning and influence of (members of) the local council in (a) c) their political recruitment en career development d) their role perception and behaviour in their function as a local councillor. The project is ...
Political representation of ethnic minorities. A national and international comparative analysis of representation of ethnic minorities at the local level in England, France and Belgium. Ghent University
To which degree do citizenship regime, electoral system, party features and interest constellations foster or hinder 1) the election of candidates belonging to ethnic minorities, and 2) group representation (representation of ethnic minorities' interests by elected belonging to these societal groups)? This research is based in in-depth interviews with electoral candidates, elected and selectors in three countries featuring variety regarding ...
Anti-Islamism and Rejection of Public Religion in Western Europe. A Comparative Study of Anti-Religiosity in 21 Western European Countries, 1990-2008 KU Leuven
This study comprises of a series of theoretically informed empirical analyses of anti-religiosity in Western Europe. In the West, atheism, secularism and anti-religiosity gain more and more attention in the media and in scientific literature. Mostly, this intense debate is being held between popular-scientists, theologians, philosophers, politicians and journalists. What scarcely attracts attention is a more empirical understanding of these ...
The intercultural Dynamics troughout the ancient Mediterranean. A comparative Study of the Goddesses Athena and 'Anath KU Leuven
THE INTERCULTURAL DYNAMICS THROUGHOUT THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN. A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE GODDESSES ATHENA AND 'ANATH.
This PhD research project aims to contribute to the intercultural and religious transfer throughout the Eastern Mediterranean during the Late Bronze Age (1400-1200). By means of an extensive comparison of the profiles of ‘Anath from Ugarit and the Ancient Greek Athena, this study examines all possible ...
Public Politics: The coming of age of the media politician in a transnational communicative space, 1880s-1910s KU Leuven
Around the turn of the twentieth century, accelerated social, political and technological changes interconnected with the emergence of the mass press in Western societies. What impact did this first form of mass media have on the role of the politician within this age of acceleration? So far, historical research has generally remained limited to the study of (specific) politicians conducting concrete politics in national or bilateral ...
Theopolitics of Space: A Post-Structural Exploration on Social Sin in the Context of Global Migration and Diaspora KU Leuven
This interdisciplinary investigation in theological ethics aims to discuss and explore the concept of social/structural sin using post-structuralist philosophy in the context of global migration based on the Filipino migrant experience through the concept of space to understand its dynamics. The dissertation eeks to accomplish its five-fold goal in the following chapters. The first chapter provides a historical-critical and social-scientific ...
The renewal and stability of the political elite has attracted the interest of scholars and the public alike since antiquity. Parliamentary turnover, which is a specific type of political elite circulation that refers to the level of membership change in legislatures after general elections, is associated with the rise of modern representative democracy in the 1800s. Its study is important because the rate of political alternation in ...