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Decentralization and Nationalization of Party Systems

  • Ignacio Lago-Peñas


    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Department of Social and Political Sciences)

  • Santiago Lago-Peñas


    (REDE, IEB, and University of Vigo)

Based on a sample of 227 elections in seventeen Western European countries over the period of 1945-1998, this paper examines to what extent party systems are shaped by fiscal and political decentralization. With the exception of a few special cases, empirical evidence does not support the existence of a robust relationship between the degree of decentralization and the nationalization of party systems.

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Paper provided by International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University in its series International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU with number paper1006.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 01 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ays:ispwps:paper1006
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