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Negative and Positive Roles of Media in the Belgian Conflict: A Model for De-Escalation


Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke


University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law; Harvard Law School; University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology; Antwerp Management School; Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille Attorneys

Martin Euwema


KU Leuven

2009

Marquette Law Review, Volume 93, Fall 2009, No. 1, p. 139-171

Abstract:     
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: K10

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Date posted: January 29, 2011 ; Last revised: February 9, 2011

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Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G. and Euwema, Martin, Negative and Positive Roles of Media in the Belgian Conflict: A Model for De-Escalation (2009). Marquette Law Review, Volume 93, Fall 2009, No. 1, p. 139-171. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1750683

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Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke (Contact Author)
University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law ( email )
Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, 3000
Belgium
003216325203 (Phone)
003216325296 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.kuleuven.be/fvr
Harvard Law School ( email )
Cambridge, MA
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.pon.harvard.edu/
University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology
Van Evenstraat 2B
B-3000 Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium
HOME PAGE: http://ppw.kuleuven.be/english/wopp/leuven-center-for-collaborative-management
Antwerp Management School ( email )
Het Brantijser
Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-13
Antwerp, 2000
Belgium
Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO ( email )
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
HOME PAGE: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/tisco/
Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law
Lisboa
Portugal
HOME PAGE: http://www.fd.lisboa.ucp.pt/site/custom/template/ucptplfac.asp?sspageID=3293&lang=2
Greenille Attorneys ( email )
Boulevard de la Woluwe 2
1150 Brussels
Belgium
003227380650 (Phone)
003227380660 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.greenille.eu
Martin Euwema
KU Leuven ( email )
Van Evenstraat 2B
B-3000 Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium
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