A study on how political debates shape citizens' trust judgement of politicians and the political system KU Leuven
While it is claimed repeatedly that political debates in the media have coarsened over time leading to detrimental effects on citizens’ political trust, little effort has been made to investigate this. The question how the media influence political trust is of paramount importance as political trust is a key resource for a democratic political system influencing citizens’ willingness to commit public resources to policy ends and accept ...
The political economy of the trade-climate nexus in the European Union: Under which conditions does the EU use trade instruments at the service of climate policies? Ghent University
We want to characterize and explain the EUU+2019s stance in the trade-climate nexus from a political science perspective. The reasons for (not) taking certain decisions about trade measures to fight climate change will be studied, through analysing and comparing six cases. We will collect data mainly via interviews and primary sources, and use process tracing as our research method.
Vatican II likened the church to a sacrament, a symbol of peace and unity for and in the world, and advanced a greater openness to the world. After the council, several theologians spoke of the church as sacrament of the world, that is, a sign of how, according to them, God is healing and reconciling the world. During the same period, theologians expressed a growing awareness of the church’s political responsibilities. Contemporary political ...
The emancipatory elasticity of islam: the relation between divine authority, cultural authenticity, and human emancipation in the political discourse of Egyptian muslim intellectuals Ghent University
My doctoral dissertation encompasses an inquiry into the current politicization of Islam, through the study of the role of authority, authenticity, and emancipation in the contemporary discourse of Muslim intellectuals in Egypt. I disclose theh political-semiotic process, a phenomenon which turns traditional, religious signs into vehicles for modern meanings, such as human rights, secularisation, democracy, and emancipation.
New ideas, new identities? The constitutional foundations and the development of the political offence in Belgium (1831-2010). KU Leuven
The use of ancient Christianity in the romanità as a part of the political religion of Italian fascism Ghent University
The project analyzes the position of religion, Christian and pagan, in Italian fascism, more specifically in the so-called 'romanità' or 'Romanness'. This myth was one of the cornerstones of fascism. The analysis of the position of religion is situated in the idea of fascism as a form of modern, political religion.
The rhetoric of the political imaginary: a tropological analysis of the work of C.D. Grabbe (1801-1836). KU Leuven
This research will tackle the topical problem of cultural identity and European politics in relation to the process of European integration. The integration of European nation states into a larger union, based on universal principles such as democracy and human rights, raises questions about the political identity of this European unity. Some Eurosceptics uphold the argument that a true democratic political entity can exist only when among ...