Current Research Project

Local Autonomy and Local Public Sector Reforms

Reto Steiner is co-chair of this research project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Reforms at the Local Tier of Government are analyzed using a QCA method. Duration: 2016-2019.

Selected Completed Research Projects


Local Government Performance and Reforms in Switzerland

Reto Steiner was chair of this research project, funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. All municipalities in Switzerland were surveyed, focussing on their reform activitites and financial and institutional health (Sixth monitoring of the Swiss municipalities). Duration: 2015-2017.

Local Public Sector Reforms: An International Comparison ('LocRef') - EU COST Action IS 1207

Reto Steiner was a member of the Management Committee und Co-Chair of the module "Territorial and Functional Rescaling". The aim of this project was the analysis of intermunicipal co-operation and amalgamation reforms at the local tier of government in Europe Duration: 2013-2017.

Public Sector Organizations in Switzerland

Reto Steiner was a member of the Management Committee of EU COST Action IS601. The aim of this project was the analysis of autonomy and control of govermnetal agencies in Europe. Reto Steiner analyzed the situation in Switzerland. Duration: 2009-2013.