Koch Rohner

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Completed research project

Title / Titel Democratic Effects of Local Government Reforms
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Summary / Zusammenfassung In the last two decades, Swiss municipalities have been increasingly under strain and subject of various reforms (see for an overview: Ladner (2011b, 2001); Ladner and Steiner (2003); Kübler and Ladner (2003)). The reorganisation of the municipal administrations often inspiried by New Public Managment, the intergovernmental reallocation of tasks and financial resources, the creation of network-like organizations for service provision and, last but not least, municipal mergers are key elements of recent reform activities. In general, the reforms aim at preserving the important role of local governments in the Swiss political system. More precisely, they are often implemented in order to enhance the capacity to act at the local level and to increase the efficiency of policy outputs (Kübler and Ladner, 2003, 151). However, the impact of these “efficiency-driven reforms” on structures and processes of local democracy are hardly analyzed ((Ladner, 2011b, 212). The purpose of the project is to shed light on the democratic effects of the laft wave of local government reforms. In a first step we analyze the effect of municipal mergers on political partizipation.
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Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Dr. Philippe Koch (Project Leader)
Andreas Rohner (Project Leader)
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Universität Zürich (position pursuing an academic career)
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Jan 2011 to Dec 2013