Crossvalidating the Regional Authority Index

Liesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks, Arjan H. Schakel, Sara Niedzwiecki, Sandra Chapman Osterkatz and Sarah Shair-Rosenfield

in Measuring Regional Authority

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780198728870
Published online April 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191818820 | DOI:

Series: Transformations In Governance

Crossvalidating the Regional Authority Index

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Chapter Two assesses the validity of the regional authority index by comparing it to prior institutional and fiscal measures. Overall agreement between the regional authority index and other indicators is high. A factor analysis reveals a single underlying factor which accounts for more than 79 percent of the variance. The most consistent sources of disagreement arise from the fact that the regional authority index is better able to account for multilevel regional governance and regionalization over time. Analysis of content validity cautions against using fiscal indicators as measures for regional authority because these indicators are not good at capturing governmental authority over revenues and expenditures nor do they encompass authority over regulation.

Keywords: Regional authority index; validity; institutional decentralization; fiscal indicators; disagreement

Chapter.  7467 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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