Institutionalisation-proces and political culture of liberal radicalism in Brussels (1830-1914)

  • Witte, Els (Administrative Promotor)
  • Rottger, Rik, (Collaborator)

Project Details


The aim of this research is to apply the political culture approach to the liberal world in the electoral circumscription of Brussels in the long 19th century (1830-1914). Starting from an in depth analysis of the local its institutionalisation-process on the political level, the aim is to explore the socio-cultural roots of Belgian liberalism in its capital. The main focus in this approach rests on the radical faction within the broad liberal movement and on how the liberal identification spreads through the disenfranchised groups of society (up to 1893). In short the fundamental question of the project is how identities of city dwellers, Brussels middle-classes, farmers and other voters of rural districts, freethinkers and others of religious dissent, trades people and artisans became interwoven in the fabric of liberal discourse and the organisational and action patterns it supported.
Effective start/end date1/10/0230/09/04

Flemish discipline codes

  • Sociology and anthropology


  • politics