Kristof Jacobs

Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, Radboud University Nijmegen

(August 2010)


Who is Behind the Steering Wheel?
Democratic Reforms in Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands

In my dissertation I will study democratic reforms, specifically changes in local and national electoral, participatory and referendum legislation in Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria. The focus is on the period from 1987 onwards; the aim of the thesis is to analyse how changes since then can be explained. Therefore I will examine the role of political parties, ideological concerns and public demands for such changes.