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Diverging against all odds? Regulatory Paths in Embryonic Stem Cell Research across Western Europe
An interest-driven account of Embryonic Stem Cell Research would, given the considerable financial and scientific concerns, likely predict regulations to converge towards permissive policies. However, across Western Europe, ...
The Relation Between Civic Education and Political Attitudes and Behavior
A Two-Year Panel Study Among Belgian Late Adolescents
It is generally assumed that civic education efforts will have a positive effect on the political attitudes and behaviors of adolescents and young adults. There is less agreement, however, on the most effective forms of ...
Electoral Volatility, Political Sophistication, Trust and Efficacy
A Study on Changes in Voter Preferences during the Belgian Regional Elections of 2009
In this article we investigate voter volatility and analyze the causes and motives of switching vote intentions. We test two main sets of variables linked to volatility in literature; political sophistication and ‘political ...
Punishing Local Incumbents for the Local Economy
Economic Voting in the 2012 Belgian Municipal Elections
After decennia of research on economic voting, it is now established that the state of the economy affects voting behaviour. Nevertheless, this conclusion is the result of a focus on predominantly national-level economies ...
Economic Policy Voting and Incumbency: Unemployment in Western Europe
The economic voting literature has been dominated by the incumbency-oriented hypothesis, where voters reward or punish government at the ballot box according to economic performance. The alternative, policy-oriented ...
Regulating Assisted Reproduction in Canada, Switzerland, and the USA: Comparing the Judicialization of Policy-making
This article analyses the extent to which courts shape policies for assisted reproduction. While the USA is considered to be the most litigious country, Canada has observed a growing involvement of the courts from the ...
When Doctors Shape Policy: The Impact of Self-Regulation on Governing Human Biotechnology
This paper investigates the development and adoption of governance modes in the field of human biotechnology. As the field of human biotechnology is relatively new, voluntary professional self-regulation constituted the ...
Critical Junctures and Missed Opportunities: The Case of Lebanon's Cedar Revolution
This article addresses three shortcomings in the path dependency literature on critical junctures: the neglect of negative cases, non-state actors and of power asymmetries. The 2005 Cedar Revolution had the makings of a ...
The Gainers Strike: Capitalist Offensive, Militancy, and the Politics of Industrial Relations in Canada
The history of Alberta's meatpacking workers is closely connected with the broader historical struggles of the working class in North America. Like their counterparts from the packinghouses in Toronto and Montreal, the ...
Democratic Deliberation in a Multinational Federation
Democratic deliberation is an aspiration that, in the most favorable conditions, remains difficult to achieve. In divided or multinational societies, the requirements of democratic theory appear particularly daunting. This ...