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Fragmented governance and spatial equity in metropolitan areas: the role of intergovernmental cooperation and revenue-sharing


Kübler, Daniel; Rochat, Philippe E (2019). Fragmented governance and spatial equity in metropolitan areas: the role of intergovernmental cooperation and revenue-sharing. Urban Affairs Review, 55(5):1247-1279.

Abstract

This article focuses on policies seeking to address social inequalities in metropolitan areas, where the allocation of resources to places with needs often clashes with the politics of redistribution in fragmented local government systems. Scholarship on metropolitan governance has yet to overcome the opposition between proponents of consolidation and defenders of polycentrism. The crucial open question is whether and how intergovernmental cooperation and revenue-sharing can redress spatial equity in institutionally fragmented metropolitan areas. This article addresses this question by exploring the determinants of social expenditures in the 630 municipalities of seven major metropolitan areas in Switzerland, where revenue-sharing systems are common. The analysis shows that intergovernmental grants make a significant but limited contribution to reducing the mismatch between needs and resources in fragmented and decentralized metropolitan areas, depending on the redistributive efforts made by higher state levels.

Abstract

This article focuses on policies seeking to address social inequalities in metropolitan areas, where the allocation of resources to places with needs often clashes with the politics of redistribution in fragmented local government systems. Scholarship on metropolitan governance has yet to overcome the opposition between proponents of consolidation and defenders of polycentrism. The crucial open question is whether and how intergovernmental cooperation and revenue-sharing can redress spatial equity in institutionally fragmented metropolitan areas. This article addresses this question by exploring the determinants of social expenditures in the 630 municipalities of seven major metropolitan areas in Switzerland, where revenue-sharing systems are common. The analysis shows that intergovernmental grants make a significant but limited contribution to reducing the mismatch between needs and resources in fragmented and decentralized metropolitan areas, depending on the redistributive efforts made by higher state levels.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:sociology and political science, urban studies metropolitan governance, SSGI (social stratification and government inequality) thesis, spatial equity, social policy, fiscal federalism
Language:English
Date:September 2019
Deposited On:26 Nov 2019 12:49
Last Modified:18 Feb 2020 11:29
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1078-0874
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087417753079

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