The Determinants of Political Discussion: How Important are Audit Courts and Local Autonomy?
AbstractThe intention of this paper is to analyse how audit courts and local autonomy affect political discussion, controlling in a multivariate analysis for a broad variety of potential factors focusing on Switzerland, due to its variety of audit court competences and its strong decentralised structure. With data from the World Values Survey 1995-1997 (Swiss data 1996) evidence has been found that a higher audit court competence and a lower level of centralization is correlated with a higher level of political discussion. Thus, the results in Switzerland suggest that such institutions help improve citizens? willingness to acquire information costs and discuss political matters.
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Political Discussion; Institutions; Audit Courts; Local Autonomy; Decentralisation; Switzerland;
Other versions of this item:
- Torgler, Benno & Schaltegger, Christoph A, 2006. "The Determinants of Political Discussion: How important are audit courts and local autonomy?," Berkeley Olin Program in Law & Economics, Working Paper Series qt34v756hb, Berkeley Olin Program in Law & Economics.
- D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2005-10-29 (All new papers)
- NEP-PBE-2005-10-29 (Public Economics)
- NEP-POL-2005-10-29 (Positive Political Economics)
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