Benjamin de Vet is a junior researcher at the Department of Political Sciences of Ghent University. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science (2015, Ghent University). Benjamin’s main research interests are party politics and legislative behavior, two fields of study he integrates in his PhD research concerning the role conceptions of parliamentary group leaders in Belgium. Using a neo-institutional approach on legislative roles, he aims to analyze whether group leaders – as intermediate actors in between the party-in-parliament and the extra-parliamentary party – act primarily as agents for their parliamentary group or rather as representatives of the central party elite, and which factors determine their role orientations.
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