Michael Andrea Strebel

Michael Andrea Strebel
University of Lausanne | UNIL · Institute of Political Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

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How do face-to-face, assembly processes, and non-face-to-face, popular vote processes impact the decisions made by citizens? Normative discussions of the comparative merits of these two broad types of participatory decision-making processes partly rely on empirical assumptions concerning this question. In this paper, we test the central assumption...
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This paper demonstrates how policy-specific characteristics affect inter-municipal cooperation. We investigate if a municipality’s cooperation activity in a policy areahinges on whether the policy is considered relevant or politicized by local officials. Using data from two surveys of Swiss local administrators and officials conducted in 2017 that...
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The appropriate scale of metropolitan governance has been the subject of long-running debates. These debates between institutional fragmentation and integration proponents have revolved around the efficiency and effectiveness of metropolitan governance structures. However, the democratic acceptability of such reforms – whether and which citizens su...
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In this paper we demonstrate how policy-specific characteristics affect inter-municipal cooperation. We argue that it is not enough to look at local government characteristics - such as a municipality’s population size, or its economic situation - in order to understand inter-municipal cooperation. Instead, we illustrate that these characteristics...
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Recent decades have seen a strengthening of local autonomy in many European states. At the same time, local governance capacities were strengthened through intermunicipal structures and territorial consolidation to prepare local authorities for additional tasks. In this paper, we assess what citizens think about strengthening local autonomy and str...
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What determines the failure of local government amalgamation referenda? Existing research suggests that functional pressures act as a push factor towards local territorial reform, whereas considerations of political self-determination exert a pull effect. However, we know little about the respective importance of these countervailing forces. In thi...
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The study of subjective democratic legitimacy from a citizens’ perspective has become an important strand of research in political science. Echoing the well‐known distinction between ‘input‐oriented’ and ‘output‐oriented’ legitimacy, the scientific debate on this topic has coined two opposed views. Some scholars find that citizens have a strong and...
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In this paper, I analyze public opinion on political integration reforms in metropolitan areas, i.e. citizens' attitudes towards the unification of local jurisdictions in city-regions. I make three distinct contributions. First, for the explanation of these attitudes, I apply theories on public opinion towards political integration in the internati...
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The differentiation of European integration has recently received renewed attention from EU scholars. Despite the many contributions to European integration, most scholars have neglected policy attributes so far in order to account for the variance of the integration extent across member states. In this article, we propose a policy-centred approach...
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Since 9/11, there is a renewed scholarly interest in the effect of terrorist attacks on public opinion. Social scientists analyze changes in a variety of perceptions such as perceived terror threat, trust in government and security policies. This paper analyzes the impact of the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris on public perceptions in Euro...
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Substantive representation, i.e. congruence between citizens' and representatives' issue positions, has become an important topic in scholarly debates and is seen as a normatively desirable feature of representative democracy. Existing empirical research on substantive representation has mostly focused on the quality of national issue representatio...
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The differentiation of European integration recently gained renewed attention from European integration scholars. Despite countless studies on the European integration process, most scholars have neglected policy attributes as an explanation for the variance of the integration depth across countries. In this article, we adopt a policy-centred persp...
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Damit sich Gemeinden freiwillig zusammenschliessen, muss eine Reihe verschiedener Faktoren zusammenspielen. Eine Studie, die Gemeindefusionen im Kanton Freiburg untersuchte, kommt zum Schluss, dass für die Eliten ökonomische Faktoren und Rekrutierungsprobleme entscheidend sind, für das Volk aber Identität und Autonomie.
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What features are important for democracy from a citizens’ perspective? How do citizens’ views of what democracy should be translate into their day-to-day evaluation of real-existing institutions? These questions have gained a renewed interest in scholarly debates as the notion of democracy as a multi-layered and contested concept has become domina...
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What features are important for democracy from a citizens' perspective? How do citizens' views of what democracy should be translate into their day-today evaluation of real-existing institutions? These questions have gained a renewed interest in scholarly debates as the notion of democracy as a multi-layered and contested concept has become dominan...
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Modern democracies face two major challenges to their legitimacy: i.) the spread of public disaffection with politics and ii.) the transfer of governance functions away from nation-state institutions. In this paper I aim to link these two challenges by taking on an attitudinal perspective. Analyzing metropolitan areas, subnational multi-level gover...
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Voluntary mergers of local jurisdictions in Europe gained in importance in the last two decades. A debated but rarely analyzed issue in this field is the impact of different local characteristics on the probability to merge. The article contributes to this debate by assessing the importance of local determinants in two stages of a merger process. T...
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Intergovernmental cooperation comes along with a trade-off between the autonomy of a political community and the effectiveness with which it can provide policies. Existing research has investigated this trade-off by analyzing political communities through an actor-centered perspective. We argue that this perspective should be complemented by a poli...
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Voluntary mergers of local jurisdictions in Europe gained in importance in the last two decades. Existing research pays only minor attention to the local structural determinants for the explanation of municipal mergers. The paper assesses determinants in two distinct phases of a merger process, launch and implementation. The quantitative study of 2...

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