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Making Public Infrastructure Work : Multi-seat Majoritarian Elections as a new Institutional Approach

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Eichenberger, Reiner ; Schafer, Patricia ; Stadelmann, David:
Making Public Infrastructure Work : Multi-seat Majoritarian Elections as a new Institutional Approach.
In: Journal of Infrastructure, Policy and Development. Vol. 3 (2019) Issue 2 . - pp. 244-260.
ISSN 2572-7923
DOI: https://doi.org/10.24294/jipd.v3i2.1155

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The wealth of nations depends on the quality of their infrastructure. Often, however, infrastructure suffers from ineffective investments and poor maintenance. Proposed solutions, such as New Public Management or Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) tend to develop into Politicians-Private Partnerships as politicians collude with private firms to exploit present and future tax-payers. Therefore, it is necessary to give citizens better control over collective decision making. While there is a significant economic literature on empowering citizens via decentralization and direct democratic institutions, the role of electoral rules has thus far been rather neglected. An interesting case in point is Switzerland, which is well known for its high-quality infrastructure, extensive decentralization, and direct democracy. However, this paper argues that there is an additional and previously neglected institution that moves Swiss politicians away from client politics towards better serving public interest: Switzerland’s unique electoral institutions which effectively combine proportional elections with multi-seat majority elections. We explain how these institutions work, how they enhance the relationships between citizens and public and private entities, and we argue that they could be implemented in other countries.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Public infrastructure; Public-private partnerships; Institutions; Governance; Multi-seat majoritarian elections; Switzerland
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Professor Economics with a focus on development economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Professor Economics with a focus on development economics > Professor Economics with a focus on development economics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Stadelmann
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Governance and Responsibility
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2020 08:46
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2020 08:46
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/59324