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Explaining Party Positions on Decentralization

Toubeau, Simon; Wagner, Markus

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Markus Wagner



Abstract

© Cambridge University Press 2013. Debates about decentralization raise cultural questions of identity and economic questions of redistribution and efficiency. Therefore the preferences of statewide parties regarding decentralization are related to their positions on the economic and cultural ideological dimensions. A statistical analysis using data from thirty-one countries confirms this: parties on the economic right are more supportive of decentralization than parties on the economic left, while culturally liberal parties favour decentralization more than culturally conservative parties. However, country context - specifically the degree of regional self-rule, the extent of regional economic disparity and the ideology of regionalist parties - determines whether and how decentralization is linked to the two dimensions. These findings have implications for our understanding of the politics of decentralization by showing how ideology, rooted in a specific country context, shapes the 'mindset' of agents responsible for determining the territorial distribution of power.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015-01
Journal British Journal of Political Science
Print ISSN 0007-1234
Electronic ISSN 1469-2112
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 1
Pages 97-119
APA6 Citation Toubeau, S., & Wagner, M. (2015). Explaining Party Positions on Decentralization. British Journal of Political Science, 45(1), 97-119. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0007123413000239
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/s0007123413000239
Publisher URL http://journals.cambridge.org/article_S0007123413000239
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd-sa/4.0

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