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Nationalism and Social PolicyThe Politics of Territorial Solidarity$
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Daniel Béland and André Lecours

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546848.001.0001

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Belgium: Nationalism, State Reform, and Social Security

Belgium: Nationalism, State Reform, and Social Security

(p.145) 4 Belgium: Nationalism, State Reform, and Social Security
Nationalism and Social Policy

Daniel Béland (Contributor Webpage)

André Lecours (Contributor Webpage)

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Chapter 4 begins with a brief discussion on the origins of Flemish nationalism. Then, it analyses the post-war expansion of social policy in Belgium and the meshing of social policy reform and nationalist mobilization in Flanders after 1980. This leads to a discussion of the Flemish push for the federalization of the Belgian social insurance system. Such a discussion addresses the following puzzle: Why has the federal social insurance system not been at least partially decentralized in light of the fact that the Flemish political class overwhelmingly supports it? The answer is that federal social partners and, especially, Francophone parties are in a strong institutional position to successfully oppose decentralization. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the Flemish dependency insurance scheme, which could pave the way for the development of further distinct social policies in Flanders.

Keywords:   Belgium, Brussels, dependency insurance, federalism, Flanders, nationalism, social insurance, social policy, Social Security, Wallonia

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