New journal article: "The Federalization of Trade Politics in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria“ In: Regional and Federal Studies, in: Regional and Federal Studies (online first)

June 2, 2021


Since the 1990s, sub-federal units have become increasingly active in trade politics, a domain that is usually an exclusive jurisdiction of the federal level. Conceptualizing this process of institutional change as federalization, this paper adopts a most similar case design to examine how four factors interact to generate different patterns of trade policy engagement in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. The study suggests that institutional resources and preference intensity are crucial to explain long-term variation in all three federations, while the role of party politics and social mobilization are contextual rather than causal factors.