245 Recent Trends in Research On Subnational Authority

Thursday, June 27, 2013: 2:00 PM-3:45 PM
C3.23 (Oudemanhuispoort)
This panel engages new research on subnational authority in Europe and beyond. The paper by David Dreyer-Lassen & Søren Serritzlew reports on a quasi-experimental study of how changing size and nature of local governments affect political competition. Charlie Jeffery uses German time series data to explore the extent to which sub-national party competition, socio-economic structure and economic performance explain policy difference from place to place within Germany. Michael Keating examines the territorial rescaling of business, trade union, agricultural and environmental interest groups in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, Italy and Belgium. The final two papers report on a large-scale project measuring the evolution of regional authority across 81 countries over 1950-2010. Gary Marks, Liesbet Hooghe and Sandi Chapman identify several common trends: a) an increase in regionalization, b) continuing, wide, divergence, c) a broader and steeper rise in self-rule than shared rule, and d) a proliferation of asymmetric arrangements. Arjan Schakel, Gary Marks, Sara Niedzwiecki and Sarah Shair-Rosenfield examine the validity of the regional authority index, employed in the first paper, by comparing it with several other measurements of (fiscal) federalism and decentralization.
The discussants are Michael Tatham and Michael Bauer, and Michael Bauer has agreed to chair.
Michael Bauer
Michael Robert Tatham and Michael Bauer
Does municipal consolidation affect competitiveness and candidate quality? A Quasi-experimental study.
David Dreyer-Lassen, U of Copenhagen; Soren Serritzlew, U of Aarhus
Crossregional Trends in Regional Authority
Gary Marks, VU University Amsterdam; Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Sandra Chapman, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Measuring Regional Authority across the World
Arjan Schakel, Maastricht University; Gary Marks, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Sara Niedzwiecki, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Sarah Shair-Rosenfield, Arizona State University
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