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Measuring Regional AuthorityA Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance, Volume I$
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Liesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks, Arjan H. Schakel, Sandra Chapman Osterkatz, Sara Niedzwiecki, and Sarah Shair-Rosenfield

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198728870

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728870.001.0001

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Crossvalidating the Regional Authority Index

Crossvalidating the Regional Authority Index

(p.36) 2 Crossvalidating the Regional Authority Index
Measuring Regional Authority

Liesbet Hooghe

Gary Marks

Arjan H. Schakel

Sara Niedzwiecki

Sandra Chapman Osterkatz

Sarah Shair-Rosenfield

Oxford University Press

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

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