Political Institutions and the Wealth of Regions: Swiss Cantons in Comparative Perspective

Freitag, Markus; Vatter, Adrian (2004). Political Institutions and the Wealth of Regions: Swiss Cantons in Comparative Perspective. European Urban and Regional Studies, 11(4), pp. 291-301. SAGE 10.1177/0969776404044019

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This investigation evaluates the effects of political institutions on the wealth of regions. It provides an empirical test of how consensus democracy, institutional decentralization, and plebiscitary instruments influence economic performance of the Swiss cantons. Our pooled cross-sectional time-series analyses show that direct democracy and institutional centralization are particularly forceful political determinants of economic performance, while the type of democracy is not systematically associated with economic wealth. Moreover, part of the variation in economic power between the Swiss cantons in the 1990s is explained by differences in educational expenditure and in the degree of overall taxation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Freitag, Markus and Vatter, Adrian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0969-7764

Publisher:

SAGE

Language:

English

Submitter:

Laura Rosa Vogel

Date Deposited:

07 Aug 2019 10:35

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 08:03

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0969776404044019

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.129530

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129530

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