Willem Sas

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Dr
Willem
Sas
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Lecturer, Division of Economics
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University of Stirling
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Dr Willem Sas is a lecturer in economics with the Division of Economics, University of Stirling. His research spans the fields of public economics, behavioural economics and political economy, with a specific focus on fiscal decentralisation and multi-level government. His research interests include:
 
The strategic interaction between politicians in a multi-layered setting;
New fiscal frameworks for the devolved UK nations (and multi-level governance in general);
How devolved tax autonomy can hold local politicians responsible and accountable;
How the regional ties of politicians can affect national elections, leading to strategic voting, bailouts, and local over-borrowing;
The political economy of devolution;
Coalition formation and the importance of group-based social preferences (such as peer approval and group belonging).
 

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Instead of breaking the deadlock, the recently held elections in Catalonia only deepened existing fault lines in Catalan politics. As the Spanish government maintains direct control of the Catalan administration, and keeps several Catalan politicians and activists imprisoned, the whole of Spain is s... Read more
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  • 17th December 2018

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