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The Presence of Self-Employed People in Belgian Politics


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  • Bram Wauters
  • Johan Lambrecht
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    It is, first of all, argued in this article that the self-employed constitute a professional category for which the descriptive representation in politics does make a difference. Parallels with the representation of women and ethnic minorities are drawn. Next, it is investigated whether the political presence of self-employed is low in Belgium. We do find that self-employed are not underrepresented in Belgian Parliament in comparison with their share in the population nor compared with other European countries. Moreover, self-employed do not serve for a shorter period of time nor do they belong less to government parties. As for the entrepreneurs in Parliament, there has not been a decline. There has been, however, a decrease in the percentage of free and intellectual professions owing to processes of democratization, only slightly counter-balanced by processes of professionalisation. This downward trend can also be found in government, and also for entrepreneurs in government.

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    Article provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen in its journal Review of Business and Economics.

    Volume (Year): LIV (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 82-104

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    Handle: RePEc:ete:revbec:20090105

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    Keywords: representation; elections; Parliament; self-employed; employers’organisations;

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