World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Humanist Democratic Centre

Article Id: WHEBN0027629425
Reproduction Date:

Title: Humanist Democratic Centre  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Belgium, European People's Party (European Parliament group), Fingerprint, Anderlecht, Namur (province), Index of Belgium-related articles, Belœil, Charleroi, Nivelles, Prime Minister of Belgium
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Humanist Democratic Centre

Humanist Democratic Centre
Centre démocrate humaniste
Leader Benoît Lutgen
Founded 1972 (PSC)
2002 (cdH)
Preceded by PSC-CVP
Headquarters National secretariat
Rue des Deux Églises, Brussels
Ideology Christian democracy,[1]
Centrism[2]
Political position Centre[3]
[4][5]
European affiliation European People's Party
European Parliament group European People's Party
Germans-speaking counterpart Christian Social Party
Colours Orange
Former name Christian Social Party
(French: Parti Social Chrétien)
Chamber of Representatives
Senate
Walloon Parliament
Parliament of the French Community
Brussels Parliament
European Parliament
Politics of Belgium
Political parties
Elections
Not to be confused with the Christian Social Party (Belgium) 1945-1968

The Humanist Democratic Centre (French: Centre démocrate humaniste, cdH) is a Francophone Christian democratic[1][6][7] political party in Belgium.[8][9] Until 2002, the party was known as the Christian Social Party (French: Parti Social Chrétien, PSC). The cdH currently participates in the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, the Government of the French Community the Walloon Government, and the Belgian federal government.

History

The PSC was officially founded in 1972. The foundation was the result of the split of the unitary Christian Social Party–Christian People's Party (PSC-CVP) into the Dutch-speaking Christian People's Party (CVP) and the French-speaking Christian Social Party (PSC), following the increased linguistic tensions after the crisis at the University of Leuven in 1968. The PSC performed particularly badly in the 1999 general election. This was linked to several scandals, such as the escape of Marc Dutroux and the discovery of dioxine in chickens (the PSC was a coalition partner in the Dehaene government). The decline in votes was also explained by declining adherence to Catholicism. The party was confined to opposition on all levels of government.

The party started a process of internal reform. In 2001 a new charter of principles the "Charter of Democratic Humanism" was adopted and 2002 the party adopted a new constitution and a new name, Humanist Democratic Centre.

In the 2003 general election the party did not perform much better and was still confined to opposition. After the 2004 regional elections the party returned to power in Brussels, in Walloon Region and the French Community together with the Socialist Party and Ecolo in Brussels, and with the Socialist Party in Walloon Region and the French Community. The current president of the party is Joëlle Milquet.

In the 2007 general elections, the party won 10 out of 150 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 2 out of 40 seats in the Senate.

In the 2010 general elections, the party lost one seat in the Chamber and kept its two seats in the Senate.

Ideology

Its ideology is the "democratic humanism, inspired by personalism inherited notably from christian humanism", which includes a centre-left policy towards the economy, supporting state interventionism and calling for the unity of Belgium.

Electoral results

Federal Parliament

Results for the Chamber of Representatives, in percentages for the Kingdom of Belgium. ImageSize = width:650 height:210 PlotArea = height:150 left:100 bottom:50 right:100 AlignBars = justify

DateFormat = x.y Period = from:0 till:12 TimeAxis = orientation:vertical AlignBars = justify ScaleMajor = unit:year increment:2 start:0

PlotData=

 bar:% color:orange width:22   mark:(line,white) align:center
 bar:1971 from:start till:10.4 text:"10.4"
 bar:1974 from:start till:9.1 text:"9.1"
 bar:1977 from:start till:7.3 text:"7.3"
 bar:1978 from:start till:10.1 text:"10.1"
 bar:1981 from:start till:7.2 text:"7.2"
 bar:1985 from:start till:8.0 text:"8.0"
 bar:1987 from:start till:8.0 text:"8.0"
 bar:1991 from:start till:7.7 text:"7.7"
 bar:1995 from:start till:7.7 text:"7.7"
 bar:1999 from:start till:5.9 text:"5.9"
 bar:2003 from:start till:5.5 text:"5.5"
 bar:2007 from:start till:6.06 text:"6.06"
 bar:2010 from:start till:5.52 text:"5.52"
 
Chamber of Representatives (Chambre des Représentants)
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
 % of language
group vote
# of
overall seats won
# of language
group seats won
+/– Government
1995 469,101 7.7 (#3) in coalition
1999 365,318 5.9 (#4) Decrease 2 in opposition
2003 359,660 5.5 (#3) Decrease 2 in opposition
2007 404,077 6.0 (#3) Increase 2 in coalition
2010 360,441 5.5 (#3) Decrease 1 in coalition
Senate (Sénat)
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
 % of language
group vote
# of
overall seats won
# of language
group seats won
+/–
1995 434,492 7.3 (#3)
1999 374,002 6.0 (#4) Steady 0
2003 362,705 5.5 (#3) Decrease 1
2007 390,852 5.9 (#3) Steady 0
2010 331,870 5.1 (#4) Steady 0

Regional parliaments

Brussels Parliament

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
 % of language
group vote
# of
overall seats won
# of language
group seats won
+/– Government
1989 51,904 11.9 (#4) in coalition
1995 38,244 9.3 (#3) Decrease 2 in opposition
1999 33,815 7.9 (#4) Decrease 1 in opposition
2004 55,078 14.1 (#3) Increase 4 in coalition
2009 60,527 14.8 (#4) Increase 1 in coalition

Walloon Parliament

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Government
1995 407,741 21.6 (#3) in coalition
1999 325,229 17.1 (#4) Decrease 2 in opposition
2004 347,348 17.6 (#3) Steady 0 in coalition
2009 323,952 16.1 (#4) Decrease 1 in coalition

European Parliament

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
 % of electoral
college vote
# of
overall seats won
# of electoral
college seats won
+/–
1979 445,912 21.2 (#2)
1984 436,108 19.5 (#3) Decrease 1
1989 476,795 21.3 (#2) Steady 0
1994 420,198 18.8 (#3) Steady 0
1999 307,912 13.3 (#4) Decrease 1
2004 368,753 15.2 (#3) Steady 0
2009 327,824 13.3 (#4) Steady 0

References

External links

  • cdH students
  • cdH page on the website of the European People's Party
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.