Municipal Size and Electoral Participation

Poul Erik Mouritzen, Lawrence Rose, Bas Denters

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Abstract

The issue of the appropriate scale for local government has regularly appeared on the agenda of public sector reformers. In the empirical work devoted to this issue, the principal focus has been on the implications of size for efficiency in local service provision. Relatively less emphasis has been placed on the implications of size for the character and vitality of local democracy. This paper summarizes findings from a comparative research project which has sought to redress this imbalance by means of undertaking a closer inspection of relationships between municipal size and a set of indicators regarding the character of local democracy in four European countries, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands. The investigation draws upon cross-section interview data collected by means of a nested sample design consistent with the hierarchical nature of the issues involved. Empirical analyses are based on a strategy whereby theoretical models are developed and investigated for several different indicators of local democracy in a successive, cumulative fashion using a ‘funnel of causality logic’. This paper reports on results concerning local electoral political participation. We conclude that with the exception of the Dutch case there is no clear evidence of significant direct or indirect effects of municipal size on the likelihood of voting in local elections.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date13. Mar 2014
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 13. Mar 2014
Event72nd Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference - Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, United States
Duration: 3. Apr 20146. Apr 2014
Conference number: 72

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Conference72nd Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference
Number72
LocationPalmer House Hilton
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period03/04/201406/04/2014

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Mouritzen, P. E., Rose, L., & Denters, B. (2014). Municipal Size and Electoral Participation. Paper presented at 72nd Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, United States.
Mouritzen, Poul Erik ; Rose, Lawrence ; Denters, Bas. / Municipal Size and Electoral Participation. Paper presented at 72nd Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, United States.31 p.
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2014. Paper presented at 72nd Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, United States.

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Mouritzen PE, Rose L, Denters B. Municipal Size and Electoral Participation. 2014. Paper presented at 72nd Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, United States.