The Break-Up of Municipalities –Voting Behavior in Local Referenda
AbstractThis paper examines the economic and political conditions that influence people’s attitudes regarding a municipality break-up. The theoretical model predicts intra-municipal differences in tax bases, political preferences, and population size to affect the expected gain from secession. The predictions of the model are tested using data on local referenda about municipality partitioning in Sweden. The data support one of the three effects; voters in municipality parts that are wealthy compared to other parts of the same municipality are more positive to secession.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 58.
Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 14 Nov 2001
Date of revision: 05 Sep 2003
Publication status: Published in Economics of Governance, 2004, pages 119-135.
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median voter; municipalities; referenda; break-up;
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- H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
- H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
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- NEP-ALL-2001-11-21 (All new papers)
- NEP-PBE-2001-11-21 (Public Economics)
- NEP-POL-2001-11-21 (Positive Political Economics)
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