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Policy Convergence and Divergence in Belgium: Education and Health Care

(2006) WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS. 29(5). p.1018-1033
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Due to the far-reaching devolution of policy competences, Belgium allows for a structured comparison of policy convergence or divergence between Flanders and Wallonia. Focusing on the link between the federal state and the development of policy-making in the regions, this article establishes far-reaching policy divergence between the Flemish and French Communities for education policy, and a beginning of divergence in health care. Radical changes in Flemish education policy have redefined the role of the state. In health care, divergence grows in terms of regulating access to the medical professions and de. ning the output of medical care. The explanation for this policy divergence lies in political factors more than in policy-related features. Political entrepreneurs play a determining role in seizing upon opportunities to trigger and support change.

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De Rynck, Stefaan, and Karolien Dezeure. 2006. “Policy Convergence and Divergence in Belgium: Education and Health Care.” West European Politics 29 (5): 1018–1033.
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De Rynck, S., & Dezeure, K. (2006). Policy Convergence and Divergence in Belgium: Education and Health Care. WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS, 29(5), 1018–1033.
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De Rynck S, Dezeure K. Policy Convergence and Divergence in Belgium: Education and Health Care. WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS. Abingdon ; UNITED KINGDOM: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD; 2006;29(5):1018–33.
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De Rynck, Stefaan, and Karolien Dezeure. “Policy Convergence and Divergence in Belgium: Education and Health Care.” WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS 29.5 (2006): 1018–1033. Print.
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  abstract     = {Due to the far-reaching devolution of policy competences, Belgium allows for a structured comparison of policy convergence or divergence between Flanders and Wallonia. Focusing on the link between the federal state and the development of policy-making in the regions, this article establishes far-reaching policy divergence between the Flemish and French Communities for education policy, and a beginning of divergence in health care. Radical changes in Flemish education policy have redefined the role of the state. In health care, divergence grows in terms of regulating access to the medical professions and de. ning the output of medical care. The explanation for this policy divergence lies in political factors more than in policy-related features. Political entrepreneurs play a determining role in seizing upon opportunities to trigger and support change.},
  author       = {De Rynck, Stefaan and Dezeure, Karolien},
  issn         = {0140-2382},
  journal      = {WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {1018--1033},
  publisher    = {ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR \& FRANCIS LTD},
  title        = {Policy Convergence and Divergence in Belgium: Education and Health Care},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01402380600968927},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2006},
}

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