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A policy-centred analysis of intergovernmental cooperation: Swiss concordats in public debates


Strebel, Michael A; Ewert, Christian (2015). A policy-centred analysis of intergovernmental cooperation: Swiss concordats in public debates. In: Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, 3 September 2015 - 6 September 2015.

Abstract

Intergovernmental cooperation comes along with a trade-off between the autonomy of a political community and the effectiveness with which it can provide policies. Existing research has investigated this trade-off by analyzing political communities through an actor-centered perspective.
We argue that this perspective should be complemented by a policy-centered one. We understand political communities as a compound of different policies and for each of these policies the trade-off for engaging in intergovernmental cooperation has different implications. More precisely, we make a case for disaggregating policies into three dimensions, i.e. participation, competences & capacity,
and resources (PCR). An analysis of media reporting on Swiss concordats by the use of dictionary coding indicates that the salience with which these three concepts are mentioned in newspaper articles varies systematically with the policy field that is covered. While participation is salient for education and security, resources matter for public finance and health policies.

Abstract

Intergovernmental cooperation comes along with a trade-off between the autonomy of a political community and the effectiveness with which it can provide policies. Existing research has investigated this trade-off by analyzing political communities through an actor-centered perspective.
We argue that this perspective should be complemented by a policy-centered one. We understand political communities as a compound of different policies and for each of these policies the trade-off for engaging in intergovernmental cooperation has different implications. More precisely, we make a case for disaggregating policies into three dimensions, i.e. participation, competences & capacity,
and resources (PCR). An analysis of media reporting on Swiss concordats by the use of dictionary coding indicates that the salience with which these three concepts are mentioned in newspaper articles varies systematically with the policy field that is covered. While participation is salient for education and security, resources matter for public finance and health policies.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:government capacity, intergovernmental cooperation, media analysis, Switzerland, intergovernmental contracts, political participation
Language:English
Event End Date:6 September 2015
Deposited On:15 Jan 2016 09:45
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 16:17
Publisher:American Political Science Association
Related URLs:http://www.apsanet.org/

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