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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

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(p.151) Seven Policy advisory bodies in Belgium
Source:
Policy Analysis in Belgium
Author(s):

Ellen Fobé

Benjamin Biard

Nathalie Schiffino

Marleen Brans

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447317258.003.0008

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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