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Persistent Nonviolent Conflict with No Reconciliation: The Flemish and Walloons in Belgium


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 by Laga

Robert H. Mnookin


Harvard Law School

September 30, 2009

Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 72, No. 2, 2009

Abstract:     
The conflict between Dutch speaking Flemish and the Francophones in Belgium has a long history. It is explained by a marriage methaphor, where the couple is at the verge of a separation or breakdown. The paper first analyses the background of this intense conflict. Then the focus is, given the divided society of today, on the key issues of the conflict: language and autonomy, minority vs. majority, Brussels, economical differences, and money transfers. Based on all these differences, the question is raised what glue still holds Belgium society together. Besides Brussels, a pacifist tradition and national elite, surprisingly Europe also seems a factor of unity.The paper concludes with some speculations on future evolution and lessons learned from a conflict llike this that remains, despite its intensity, nonviolent.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: Conflict Management, Belgium, Flemish and Walloons, Federal Systems

JEL Classification: K10

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Date posted: January 29, 2011  

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Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G. and Mnookin, Robert H., Persistent Nonviolent Conflict with No Reconciliation: The Flemish and Walloons in Belgium (September 30, 2009). Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 72, No. 2, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1750752

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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
Oude Markt 13
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 by Laga ( email )
Boulevard de la Woluwe 2
1150 Brussels
Belgium
003227380650 (Phone)
003227380660 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.greenille.eu
Robert H. Mnookin
Harvard Law School ( email )
Hauser Hall 416
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
617-495-9201 (Phone)
617-496-3777 (Fax)
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