Playing the Vertical Power Game. The Impact of Local Authorities in Cantonal Parliaments on the Financing of Special Schools

Arnold, Tobias (2017). Playing the Vertical Power Game. The Impact of Local Authorities in Cantonal Parliaments on the Financing of Special Schools. Swiss Political Science Review, 23(2), pp. 116-143. Wiley 10.1111/spsr.12247

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This study analyses the effect of local authorities in the Swiss cantonal parliaments on the allocation of special school costs. The empirical findings show that a higher share of local authorities in the cantonal legislature leads to a higher share of special school costs borne by the cantonal authorities. The effect is stronger for mayors compared to all members of local governments. Hence, mayors have a strong connection with their home municipality and use the political power of the accumulation of mandates for shifting undesirable costs from the local up to the cantonal level. This specific finding does not depend on the overall national constitutional framework, as the introduction of the NFA (Neuer Finanzausgleich) – in the course of which the federal state fully withdrew from financing special schools ‐ has not changed the magnitude of this effect.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Arnold, Tobias

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1662-6370

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Tobias Arnold

Date Deposited:

17 Jul 2018 15:50

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 19:41

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/spsr.12247

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Dezentralisierung, Föderalismus, NFA, Politisches System der Schweiz

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.117184

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/117184

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