Miles’ law in Finnish municipalities: where decision-makers stand depends on where they sit

Linnéa Henriksson*, Henrik Serup Christensen

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Miles’ Law, i.e., the notion that institutional position affects attitudes, is considered a truism, but not much attention has been given to properly test or develop it. Here, we argue that Miles’ Law is effective not only for civil servants but among municipal decision-makers in different positions. We examine how well institutional position can explain differences in attitudes to welfare service provision among decision-makers on different levels. Differences in opinion depending on institutional position are usually overlooked when attitudes on welfare are explained. Using survey data (N = 1,578) from 42 municipalities in Finland, our analyses show that institutional position does affect attitudes to service provision. However, the differences are contingent on the mode of service provision under consideration and are moderated by the size of the municipality and the economic status. This shows that it is important to consider the position of local government decision-makers to understand their attitudes.

Sidor (från-till)405-426
TidskriftLocal Government Studies
Tidigt onlinedatum2023
StatusPublicerad - 2024
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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