Bulletin n. 2/2016
December 2016
INDICE
  • Section A) The theory and practise of the federal states and multi-level systems of government
  • Section B) Global governance and international organizations
  • Section C) Regional integration processes
  • Section D) Federalism as a political idea
  • Hennessey Jessica
    The Adoption of Constitutional Home Rule: A Test of Endogenous Policy Decentralization
    in Eastern Economic Journal , Volume 42, Issue 3, Summer 2016 ,  2016 ,  441463
    Home rule reduced control by the state legislature and gave municipalities the option of self-chartering and the ability to independently determine their desired structure and functions. Fiscal federalism theory suggests that decentralization of power is more likely when there is heterogeneity across local governments. The theory is empirically tested by considering municipal-level demand for home rule, measured by predicting a latent taste for home rule. The evidence indicates states that adopted constitutional home rule had stronger and more heterogeneous municipal-level preferences. This paper highlights the importance of considering both within and across state heterogeneity in the endogenous determination of institutions.
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