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).