CEDER Study Centre of CD&V

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CEDER Study Centre of CD&V
acronym CEDER
City Brussels
Country Belgium
Website http://ceder.cdenv.be/ceder
address Wetstraat 89, 1040 Brussels
number of employees 13
Networks Center for European Studies (CES), Vocational and Educational European Resources (VETCAT)
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Austerity politics
Last revision 30.03.2015
Output of CEDER Study Centre of CD&V 2023
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Books, Peer reviewed pubs., Studies, Articles, Policy papers, Op-eds, Newspaper articles, Blogs, Periodicals, Podcasts (audio), Podcasts (video), Conferences, Seminars/workshops, Lecturers/talks, Briefings, Others, </pbars>

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Organizational Structure and Funding

CEDER is the political educational institute of the flemish center-right party Christen-Democratisch en Vlaams. It publishes with yearly three issues the journal Christen-Democratische Reflecties (CDR).


Wetstraat 89, 1040 Brussels


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).


People working for the Think Tank (Fellows etc.). This includes also part-time employees.

  • Maxime Penen, subject specialist: journal (editor of CDR), political dialogue, party affairs
  • Wim Verrelst, subject specialist: climate, energy, environment, mobility
  • An Poot, subject specialist: mobility & housing
  • Wim Lammens, subject specialist: local administration, justice, institutions
  • Stefan Arts, subject specialist: education, migration, refugees
  • Filip Smet, subject specialist: macroeconomics, enterprises, budget


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

Semantic Fields

What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.

  • Limiting costs of demographic change (Austerity Politics): the growing share of the old age population enforces the limitation/reduction of pensions and the raise of the retirement age. the article was written by Caroline Deiteren (adviseur studiedienst Unizo) and Pieter Marechal (voormalig voorzitter JongCD&V)[1][2]


  1. [Intergenerationele solidariteit en rechtvaardigheid in tijden van vergrijzing: een kwestie van christendemocratie? http://ceder.cdenv.be/deiteren-marechal]
  2. 2012