Economics of Governance

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 119–135 | Cite as

The break-up of municipalities: Voting behavior in local referenda

  • Anna Brink


This paper examines the economic and political conditions that influence people’s attitudes regarding a municipality break-up. The theoretical model predicts intra-municipal differences in tax bases, political preferences, and population size to affect the expected gain from secession. The predictions of the model are tested using data on local referenda about municipality partitioning in Sweden. The data support one of the three effects; voters in municipality parts that are wealthy compared to other parts of the same municipality are more positive to secession.


median voter municipalities referenda secession 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsGöteborg UniversityGöteborgSweden

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