Institutional commitment problems and regional autonomy: the Catalan case.

  • Authors
  • Amat, F.; Rodon, T.
  • UPF authors
  • RODON CASARRAMONA, ANTONI; AMAT MALTAS, FRANCESC;
  • Type
  • Articles de recerca
  • Journal títle
  • Politics and Governance
  • Publication year
  • 2021
  • Volume
  • 9
  • Number
  • 4
  • Pages
  • 439-452
  • ISSN
  • 2183-2463
  • Publication State
  • Publicat
  • Abstract
  • This article examines what constitutional arrangements are more likely to facilitate the transfer of effective decision-making power to the regional level. We show that certain constitutional arrangements can result in institutional commitment problems between regional minority and national majority groups, which in turn influence levels of regional autonomy across regions. Specifically, we examine how the depth and scope of decentralization depend on the presence of federal agreements and the availability of institutional guarantees that make the federal contracts credible. Analyzing regional-level data, we show that regions where identity minority groups are majoritarian enjoy more regional autonomy when the commitment problem has resulted in a satisfactory national accommodation. Our findings highlight two important scenarios. The first occurs when the institutional commitment problem is solved, and regional minority groups are granted substantial levels of regional autonomy. The second scenario takes place when the commitment problem is not institutionally accommodated, and hence regional minority groups have systematically lower levels of autonomy. This article illustrates that both federal contracts and credible agreements are important tools to understand regional decision-making powers.
  • Complete citation
  • Amat, F.; Rodon, T.. Institutional commitment problems and regional autonomy: the Catalan case.. Politics and Governance 2021; 9(4): 439-452.
Bibliometric indicators
  • 2 times cited Scopus
  • 1 times cited WOS
  • Índex Scimago de 0.548 (2021)