Re-Bel's inaugural public event: 30 April 2009

The Re-Bel initiative was publicly launched with a full-day event that took place on April 30th 2009 at the University Foundation. We are most grateful to all the speakers for having provided a rich and stimulating input, and to the numerous participants for having contributed to the friendly and fruitful character of the encounter. The speech by Steven Vanackere, federal minister for institutional reform and deputy prime minister, is available for download. The bulk of the other contributions has already taken or will take the form of e-books.

It aimed to illustrate the initiative's aims and spirit: interdisciplinary, reform-oriented, taboo-free, argument-based, with with plenty of room fora lively discussion and with the active participation of scholars from all Belgian universities and of many members of the Brussels-based international community.

The afternoon session was opened by Steven VANACKERE, deputy prime minister and minister for institutional reform. His statement can be downloaded: What can academics fruitfully do to foster intelligent institutional reform? The bulk of the other contributions has already taken or will take the form of e-books.

Programme

Welcoming (8.30am)

Morning session (9am-1pm)

9 - 9.15 Opening: The Re-Bel initiative
Eric De Keuleneer (University Foundation)
Paul De Grauwe (K.U.Leuven) & Philippe Van Parijs (UCL)
9.15 - 10.45 What does human geography tell us about how Belgium's institutions should and/or will evolve?
Isabelle Thomas & Jacques Thisse (UCL) [Download their slides]
Peter Cabus (K.U.Leuven)
Patrick Deboosere (VUB)
Chair: Mathias Dewatripont (ULB)
11.15 - 12.45 What does history tell us about how Belgium's institutions should and/or will evolve?
Bruno De Wever (UGent)
Herman Van Goethem (UA)
Vincent Dujardin (UCL)
Luc Huyse (KULeuven)
Chair: Bea Cantillon (UA)
12.45 - 13.00 What did I learn?
Derek Blyth (editor of The Bulletin, The Newsweekly of the Capital of Europe)

Afternoon session (2-5.50pm)

14.00 - 14.15 Opening: How can academics contribute fruitfully to institutional reform? [Download]
Steven Vanackere, deputy prime minister and minister for institutional reform in Belgium's federal government
14.15 - 15.40 Does it make sense to regionalize labour market institutions ? If so, how?
Bart Cockx (UGent) & Bruno Vander Linden (UCL),
editors of the Re-Bel e-book "Does it make sense to regionalize labour market institutions ?"
Koen Algoed (K.U.Leuven)
Mathias Hungerbühler (FUNDP)
Chair: Erik Schokkaert (K.U.Leuven)
16.10 - 17.35 Does it make sense to fight the development of distinct public opinions ? If so, how?
Marc Hooghe (K.U.Leuven) & Dave Sinardet (UA),
editors of the Re-Bel e-book "Can a democracy work without a united public opinion?"
Nenad Stojanovic (Universität Zürich)
Marnix Beyen (UA)
Jeroen van der Kris (NRC Handelsblad)
Marc Reynebeau (De Standaard)
Chair: Philippe Van Parijs (UCL)
17.35 - 17.50 Closing: What next?
Chair: Paul De Grauwe (K.U.Leuven)