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Impacts of Courts on Policy Implementation in a Federal State: Evidence from Disability Insurance in Switzerland

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Karin Byland ,

Departement of political science and international relations, University of Geneva, Boulevard du Pont-d‘Arve 40, 1211 Genève 4
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Roy Gava,

Departement of political science and international relations, University of Geneva, Boulevard du Pont-d‘Arve 40, 1211 Genève 4
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Frédéric Varone

Departement of political science and international relations, University of Geneva, Boulevard du Pont-d‘Arve 40, 1211 Genève 4
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Abstract

Swiss cantons have extensive autonomy in implementing federal laws. This leads to heterogeneity in cantonal practices and policy outputs. This article explores the extent to which courts contribute to the convergence of cantonal outputs. It focuses on the disability insurance benefits granted by cantonal administrations, and on the related judicial rulings by cantonal courts and the Federal Supreme Court. The findings suggest that judgments of the Federal Supreme Court have a limited but positive impact on the harmonization of cantonal outputs when a major policy change is implemented.

How to Cite: Byland, K., Gava, R., & Varone, F. (2015). Impacts of Courts on Policy Implementation in a Federal State: Evidence from Disability Insurance in Switzerland. Yearbook of Swiss Administrative Sciences, 6(1), 167–180. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ssas.86
Published on 31 Dec 2015.
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