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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-27690

Scheuss, U; Kübler, D; Rochat, P (2009). Political dynamics of spatial inequalities in Swiss metropolitan areas. In: Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Toronto, 3 September 2009 - 6 September 2009.

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Abstract

The existence of spatial inequalities is not a novelty in Switzerland. The cleavage between wealthy cities and poor rural and mountainous places is centuries-old being a cornerstone of present Swiss cooperative federalism. Yet, as a consequence of metropolitanization, this urban-rural pattern of political, social and economic divergences has been supplemented during the last century by a complex pattern of city-suburb disparities. As the proportions of people and activities in urban areas increase, metropolitan inequalities become a new challenge for the democratic Welfare State. Applying the protocol of the third phase of the International Metropolitan Observatory (IMO) we will develop our argument in three sections. First we will assess spatial disparities within and across Swiss metropolitan areas. Second we will establish regional regimes and patterns of local capacities to address social inequalities. Finally we will examine the distribution of local government expenditures and distinct public policy profiles. In all three sections data will be used that has not yet been available. In order to explain disparities in local revenues and expenditures we will rely on socio-structural, political and institutional variables. Hence, besides spatial concentrations of disadvantaged and privileged groups, political preferences as well as metropolitan regimes as regards taxation, fiscal equalization and communal autonomy are assumed to affect spatial inequalities. Our findings reveal that the interaction between taxation and fiscal equalisation conditions spatial inequalities with respect to local governance capacities and that despite the highly decentralised character of the Swiss political system, socio-economic and institutional determinants leave not much room for political voluntarism.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Event End Date:6 September 2009
Deposited On:28 Jan 2010 14:10
Last Modified:09 Jul 2012 04:08
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