Behind the scenes of democracy


About the research

Did you know that in the Belgium Government there are 7 times more political workers than elected politicians? That is quite a lot more than in the Netherlands, where an elected official has about 3 political staff members.  Why is that and is this beneficial for democracy? Pieter Moens (UGent) shines his light in this video. 

Pieter Moens

Pieter Moens is passionate about politics. Through his research, he tried to find out what goes on in the wings of Belgian and Dutch democracy. In recent years, he looked behind the scenes to find out more about political workers. He not only analysed party activism but also studied their expertise, political views and their relationship with elected politicians.

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