Journal article: Discriminating decentralization : federalism and the handling of asylum applications in Switzerland, 1988-1996

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2000
Holzer, Thomas
Widmer, Thomas
Journal article
Abstract
Federalism belongs to those institutions that usually attract more admirers than critics. This study investigates whether decentralized decision making in the asylum domain undermines the principle of equality in the handling of individual cases. The externalities that power delegation creates are examined, and a principal/agent framework is developed to show how state discretion in the implementation of a unifying federal measure arises. The model distinguishes between positive and negative discrimination in the acceptance of asylum applications. The empirical analysis of approximately 180,000 cases demonstrates that the probability of negative discrimination is partly a function of the organizational principles that characterize the asylum policies of the 26 Swiss states (cantons).
320 Politics
Keywords
Federalism , Asylum Applications , Switzerland
Published in
Journal of conflict resolution ; 44 (2000), 2. - pp. 250-275
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ISO 690HOLZER, Thomas, Gerald SCHNEIDER, Thomas WIDMER, 2000. Discriminating decentralization : federalism and the handling of asylum applications in Switzerland, 1988-1996. In: Journal of conflict resolution. 44(2), pp. 250-275. Available under: doi: 10.1177/0022002700044002005
BibTex
@article{Holzer2000Discr-4305,
year={2000},
doi={10.1177/0022002700044002005},
title={Discriminating decentralization : federalism and the handling of asylum applications in Switzerland, 1988-1996},
number={2},
volume={44},
journal={Journal of conflict resolution},
pages={250--275},
author={Holzer, Thomas and Schneider, Gerald and Widmer, Thomas}
}

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