Challenges to Intergovernmental Relations in Switzerland and Japan

Vatter, Adrian (2004). Challenges to Intergovernmental Relations in Switzerland and Japan. Swiss political science review / Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 10(3), pp. 77-102. Wiley 10.1002/j.1662-6370.2004.tb00033.x

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In comparing Switzerland and Japan with respect to intergovernmental relations, differences are more obvious than similarities. Switzerland is a strongly federalist country. In contrast, Japan was clearly centralist in the past, and despite continuing decentralization reforms, it is usually still considered to be so today. The influence of the lower levels of government on the national legislative process remains comparatively low in Japan. Its centralized political structure seems to fit Japan’s homogeneous culture, while on the other hand Swiss federalism has proven to be apt for the integration of minorities and for respect of cultural diversity. In spite of obvious basic differences, intergovernmental relations in these two countries face similar challenges: the concentration of human and economic resources in urban areas, the weakening of sub-national parliaments, and financial strain.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Vatter, Adrian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1424-7755

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Laura Rosa Vogel

Date Deposited:

07 Aug 2019 10:47

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2019 18:44

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/j.1662-6370.2004.tb00033.x

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.129531

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129531

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