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Pillars and electoral behavior in Belgium: The neighborhood effect revisited


  • Quentin David

    () (CREA, University of Luxembourg)

  • Gilles Van Hamme

    () (IGEAT, Université Libre de Bruxelles)


This paper explores the processes behind the neighborhood effect in electoral geography. Studies on neighborhood effect have largely ignored the local institutions and cultural milieu within which people are socialized. By taking into account the spatially differentiated social supervision of individuals, we are able to highlight the impact of local institutions on electoral behavior and restore the temporal dimension that has shaped the political specificities of places. In the case of Belgium, we show that social supervision (which took the very accomplished form of pillars) affects voting behavior through two different channels: a direct effect, coming from the family transmission of pillar values, and a contextual effect captured by a measure of the local embeddedness of the pillar.

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  • Quentin David & Gilles Van Hamme, 2010. "Pillars and electoral behavior in Belgium: The neighborhood effect revisited," CREA Discussion Paper Series 10-05, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.
  • Handle: RePEc:luc:wpaper:10-05

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