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Swiss transport policy for Europe? Federalism and the dominance of local issues

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This paper argues that as a function of the federalist structure of Switzerland, policy projects are treated as if they were local public goods. In case of transport policy proposals with important spatial externalities, this may prove to be fatal for the integration of Swiss transport infrastructure into the European transport networks. Empirical evidence for the relevance of local issues is given in this paper for five votes on road-transport issues with a European impact in Switzerland in 1984 and 1990. It is concluded that European transport infrastructure networks risk to be incomplete if federalist elements in national decision-making lead to a dominance of local issues.

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  • Maggi, Rico, 1992. "Swiss transport policy for Europe? Federalism and the dominance of local issues," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 26(2), pages 193-198, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:26:y:1992:i:2:p:193-198
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    1. Bruinsma, F. & Nijkamp, P. & Rietveld, P., 1990. "Infrastructure and metropolitan development in an international perspective : survey and methodological exploration," Serie Research Memoranda 0056, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
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    1. Banister, David & Maggi, Rico & Nijkamp, Peter, 1998. "Actors and factors in the integration of strategic infrastructure networks in Europe," Serie Research Memoranda 0025, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
    2. Nijkamp, P., 1992. "Toward a network of regions : the United States of Europe," Serie Research Memoranda 0063, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
    3. Maggi, R. & Nijkamp, P., 1991. "Missing networks and regional development in Europe," Serie Research Memoranda 0100, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
    4. Julien Brunel, 2004. "Stochastic Risk vs. Policy Oriented Uncertainties: The Case of the Alpine Crossings," Post-Print halshs-00095852, HAL.

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