Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-48875
Bochsler, D (2009). Neighbours or friends? When Swiss cantonal governments cooperate with each other. Regional and Federal Studies, 19(3):349-370.
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Intergovernmental co-operation among Swiss cantons is considered to be much more intensive than in many other federal states. This article investigates different explanations for when and why subnational entities co-operate with each other, and tests them on the Swiss case. In the Swiss case, co-operation seems to be closely connected to the small-scale structure of subnational units. Swiss cantons are fairly small, often smaller than the relevant areas for the provision of public services. This means that cantons need to co-operate with their neighbours and proximate cantons. Further, in the absence of an administrative level that unifies areas with a common language, concordats are a means to co-ordinate policies among German-speaking and French-speaking cantons. The different partisan colours of the cantonal governments only marginally hinder them from co-operating with each other.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science|
|DDC:||320 Political science|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||concordats, federalism, Swiss cantons, network analysis|
|Deposited On:||02 Aug 2011 14:31|
|Last Modified:||23 Nov 2012 14:07|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
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