Res Publica: Tijdschrift voor Politologie vol:42 issue:2 pages:483-501
Between 1950 and 1954 Belgium has got a homogeneous catholic majority. Theoretically this brings a stable government, but in real term it caused a lot of trouble. The Christian People’s Party changes three times the prime minister. Different reasons are responsable. First, the outcome of the Royal Question creates a tension between the party and the government. The party can not fulfill its election promise. Second, the homogeneous majority is based on a heterogeneous party, where progressives and conservatives, Flemish and Walloon politicians determine the decision-making. Third, the party claims its position in the decision-making proces. The parliamentary groups and the government are considered as executors of a partyprogram and are therefore subordinate to the party. The process where parties expanded to the dominant actor in the political system, becomes clear.