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The Break-Up of Municipalities –Voting Behavior in Local Referenda

  • Brink, Anna

    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

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    This 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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    Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 58.

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    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.
    Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0058
    Contact details of provider: Postal: Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Box 640, SE 405 30 GÖTEBORG, Sweden
    Phone: 031-773 10 00
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