Negative and Positive Roles of Media in the Belgian Conflict: A Model for De-Escalation
Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke
University of Leuven, Faculty of Law, Department of Private Law; Harvard Law School; University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology; Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille (Attorneys, Notaries and Tax Advisors; Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rotterdam)
Marquette Law Review, Volume 93, Fall 2009, No. 1, p. 139-171
The Belgian Conflict between Dutch speaking Flemish and Francophones has a long history that has come to a culmination point with the political and institutional crisis since June 2007. After a brief analysis of the conflict, this article focus is on the role of the media in such conflict. Media in the North and the South of Belgium are separated and serve only their own Dutch speaking or Francophone community. Their role and influence on the public opinion as gatekeepers who select and frame the information is substantial. This paper explores the role of humor in conflicts and its different. It suggests a model for de-escalation urging the Belgian media to use both humor and serious modus in a de-escalating way.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
Keywords: Conflict Management, Belgium, Flemisch and Walloons, Humor, De-escalation
JEL Classification: K10Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 29, 2011 ; Last revised: February 9, 2011
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