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Ideological nationalization within Flemish parties : an exploratory study based on computerized coding of local party manifestos

Raf Reuse (UGent)
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It has been stated that local politics has lost its uniqueness and is influenced strongly by national politics. Some claim that an outright nationalization of the local level is taking place. In the past, this nationalization question has often been studied based on election results or the presence/absence of local lists. In this paper, we have a look at the manifestos of local party chapters and, therefore, the ideological dimension of nationalization. Using computerized coding via Yoshikoder, we assess the issue salience in manifestos for the 2018 local elections. We study the amount of space local party chapters of 13 Flemish cities give to certain matters in their platforms. Do the branches of one party emphasize the same issues, or are there distinct differences? Is there any ideological nationalization taking place, or is national ideology subordinate to specific characteristics of a municipality? Comparing the degree of ideological nationalization, we find substantial differences between the Flemish parties.
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ideological nationalization, party manifestos, local politics, Yoshikoder

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Reuse, Raf. “Ideological Nationalization within Flemish Parties : An Exploratory Study Based on Computerized Coding of Local Party Manifestos.” Belgium : State of the Federation 2021, Proceedings, 2021.
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Reuse, R. (2021). Ideological nationalization within Flemish parties : an exploratory study based on computerized coding of local party manifestos. Belgium : State of the Federation 2021, Proceedings. Presented at the Belgium : State of the Federation 2021, Online.
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Reuse, Raf. 2021. “Ideological Nationalization within Flemish Parties : An Exploratory Study Based on Computerized Coding of Local Party Manifestos.” In Belgium : State of the Federation 2021, Proceedings.
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Reuse, Raf. 2021. “Ideological Nationalization within Flemish Parties : An Exploratory Study Based on Computerized Coding of Local Party Manifestos.” In Belgium : State of the Federation 2021, Proceedings.
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Reuse R. Ideological nationalization within Flemish parties : an exploratory study based on computerized coding of local party manifestos. In: Belgium : State of the Federation 2021, Proceedings. 2021.
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R. Reuse, “Ideological nationalization within Flemish parties : an exploratory study based on computerized coding of local party manifestos,” in Belgium : State of the Federation 2021, Proceedings, Online, 2021.
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  abstract     = {{It has been stated that local politics has lost its uniqueness and is influenced strongly by national politics. Some claim that an outright nationalization of the local level is taking place. In the past, this nationalization question has often been studied based on election results or the presence/absence of local lists. In this paper, we have a look at the manifestos of local party chapters and, therefore, the ideological dimension of nationalization. Using computerized coding via Yoshikoder, we assess the issue salience in manifestos for the 2018 local elections. We study the amount of space local party chapters of 13 Flemish cities give to certain matters in their platforms. Do the branches of one party emphasize the same issues, or are there distinct differences? Is there any ideological nationalization taking place, or is national ideology subordinate to specific characteristics of a municipality? Comparing the degree of ideological nationalization, we find substantial differences between the Flemish parties.}},
  author       = {{Reuse, Raf}},
  booktitle    = {{Belgium : State of the Federation 2021, Proceedings}},
  keywords     = {{ideological nationalization,party manifestos,local politics,Yoshikoder}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Online}},
  pages        = {{18}},
  title        = {{Ideological nationalization within Flemish parties : an exploratory study based on computerized coding of local party manifestos}},
  url          = {{https://events.unamur.be/event/48/}},
  year         = {{2021}},
}