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Policy Analysis in Belgium$
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Marleen Brans and David Aubin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447317258

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447317258.001.0001

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Policy advisory bodies in Belgium

Policy advisory bodies in Belgium

(p.151) Seven Policy advisory bodies in Belgium
Policy Analysis in Belgium

Ellen Fobé

Benjamin Biard

Nathalie Schiffino

Marleen Brans

Policy Press

In Belgium, there are about 250 advisory bodies at the federal level and 46 at the regional level. These advisory bodies tend to be highly integrated into the policy-making cycle. They also seem to rely more on experience-based expertise than on academic expert opinion, which is not surprising in a consensus-based political system with neo-corporatist traits where traditional stakeholder groups possess policy-making powers. This chapter analyses the cross-regional and cross-government variation of the nature and role of advisory bodies. It also discusses how the policy advisory system has become subject of reforms that seek to meet four challenges: restoring political primacy in policy-making, dealing with growing advice competition, addressing the coincidence of expert advice and representative opinion, and securing societal support for policy interventions from groups other than traditional representative organizations.

Keywords:   policy advisory systems, advisory bodies, advice competition, neo corporatism, Belgium

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