Glück und Wirtschaft

The effect of the state order - happiness and economy

The organizational distribution of political power in states is creative. States have different federal or unitary structures and are more or less politically de- or centralized. This diversity produces different effects - but which ones?
 Andreas Pehr
States structure their power into federal and unitary orders. While political power in unitary or unitary states is exercised exclusively by a central level, in federalism it is shared with regional and/or local levels. In both principles of order, moreover, the respective countries exhibit varying degrees of political de- and centralization. These organizational structures of power entail various advantages and disadvantages. My dissertation project aims to capture the effect of political de- and centralization as well as the state order. A particular focus is on the economy and the political satisfaction of citizens. Are people in centralized states happier with their political system than in decentralized ones? Is the economic performance of unitary states higher than that of federal ones? Or is it the other way around? Theory offers a variety of arguments in favor of both directions of effect. My work aims at providing new empirical evidence and evaluating the postulated causal relationships by means of quantitative analyses. Based on global data indices, TSCS and ML models are used to work out these influences.

 

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