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Power sharing at the local level: Evidence on opting-in for non-citizen voting rights
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4611515
Author(s) Stutzer, Alois; Slotwinski, Michaela
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Slotwinski, Michaela
Year 2021
Title Power sharing at the local level: Evidence on opting-in for non-citizen voting rights
Journal Constitutional Political Economy
Pages / Article-Number 1-30
Abstract The enfranchisement of foreigners is likely one of the most controversial frontiers of institutional change in developed democracies, which are experiencing an increasing number of non-citizen residents. We study the conditions under which citizens are willing to share power with non-citizens. To this end, we exploit the setting of the Swiss canton of Grisons, where municipalities are free to decide on the introduction of non-citizen voting rights at the local level (a so called opting-in regime). Consistent with the power dilution hypothesis, we find that enfranchisement is less likely when the share of resident foreigners is large. Moreover, municipalities with a large language/cultural minority are less likely to formally involve foreigners. In contrast, municipality mergers seem to act as an institutional catalyst, promoting democratic reforms. A supplementary panel analysis on electoral support for an opting-in regime in the canton of Zurich also backs the power dilution hypothesis, showing that a larger share of foreigners reduces support for an extension of voting rights.
Publisher Springer
ISSN/ISBN 1043-4062
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1007/s10602-020-09322-6
Document type (ISI) ArticleEarly Access

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