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An index of political support for decentralization: the Spanish case


  • Juan Carlos Molero

    () (Universidad de Navarra, Depto. Economía, Campus Universitario, 31080 Pamplona (Spain))

  • Isabel Rodriguez-Tejedo

    () (Universidad de Navarra, Depto. Economía, Campus Universitario, 31080 Pamplona (Spain))


This paper presents a method to make measurable what was not: the discourses of politicians regarding decentralization. For this purpose, we develop a matrix of arguments and a set of indexes, and apply them to provide a snapshot of the politicians views on the General Law of Budgetary Stability, a landmark for the process of decentralization in Spain.

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  • Juan Carlos Molero & Isabel Rodriguez-Tejedo, 2008. "An index of political support for decentralization: the Spanish case," Faculty Working Papers 05/08, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Navarra.
  • Handle: RePEc:una:unccee:wp0508

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    political party; matrix of decentralization; arguments; index of decentralization.;

    JEL classification:

    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism


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