Does variation in residents’ spatial mobility affect their preferences concerning local governance?
Bernauer, ThomasShow all
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The geographic scope of people’s mobility behaviour has generally been increasing over recent decades. Yet, many policies continue to be enacted and implemented at the local level (e.g. in municipalities), leading to a mismatch in geographical scope. Our research thus speaks to a debate over two contradictory arguments. First, residents’ increased spatial mobility has led to a mismatch between what residents want in terms of governance and how governance is organized, which conjectures that residents with a larger mobility space are more likely to prefer local governance reforms creating larger units for the sake of greater efficiency. The second, in subscribing to the glocalization concept, argues that increased individual mobility space does not undermine residents’ support for continued decentralization and local governance. We study how the two phenomena are related and how variation in spatial mobility affects residents’ preferences concerning municipal reforms, in particular upscaling of jurisdictional territories. We assess the two competing claims with an empirical focus on Switzerland, a particularly interesting case due to its strong tradition of political decentralization and local governance. The analysis is based on data from a two-stage survey with a representative sample of 1387 adult residents from the Canton of Zurich, the most populous Swiss subnational unit. We measured individuals’ spatial mobility by calculating the individual social (network) geography for each of the study participants and examined how it relates to preferences concerning municipal reforms. The results provide robust support for the glocalization argument, meaning that larger social network geographies do not lead to more support for municipal reforms. Show more
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Journal / seriesArbeitsberichte Verkehrs- und Raumplanung
PublisherIVT, ETH Zurich
Organisational unit03446 - Bernauer, Thomas / Bernauer, Thomas
02890 - ISTP / ISTP
03521 - Axhausen, Kay W. / Axhausen, Kay W.
02655 - Netzwerk Stadt und Landschaft D-ARCH
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