Shared Rule in Federal Political Systems: Conceptual Lessons from Subnational Switzerland

Müller, Sean (2014). Shared Rule in Federal Political Systems: Conceptual Lessons from Subnational Switzerland. Publius - The Journal of Federalism, 44(1), pp. 82-108. Oxford University Press 10.1093/publius/pjt009

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This article reconceptualizes shared rule and uses novel data to measure it, thus addressing two shortcomings of federal literature. First, while most studies focus on self-rule, one question that is largely neglected is how lower-level governments can influence politics at a higher level in the absence of “second” chambers. The answer is through shared rule. A second shortcoming is that even when addressing this question, scholars concentrate on constitutional-administrative aspects of vertical intergovernmentalism, neglecting more informal, “political” dynamics. Comparing the twenty-six Swiss cantons allows drawing two lessons for federal studies: That shared rule is multifaceted and complex, and that to study informal territorial actors as well as direct political processes is indispensable to understand how power is actually distributed in federal political systems.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Müller, Sean

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0048-5950

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sean Müller

Date Deposited:

05 Nov 2014 11:18

Last Modified:

26 Mar 2015 15:04

Publisher DOI:

10.1093/publius/pjt009

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.59763

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/59763

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