Legislative Party Fragmentation in Swiss Cantons: A Function of Cleavage Structures or Electoral Institutions?

Vatter, Adrian (2003). Legislative Party Fragmentation in Swiss Cantons: A Function of Cleavage Structures or Electoral Institutions? Party politics, 9(4), pp. 445-461. Sage Publications 10.1177/135406880394002

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The determinants of party fragmentation in the two dozen cantonal parliaments of Switzerland are examined. Empirically, it is shown that the number of legislative parties in the Swiss member states is on the one hand a function of the religious heterogeneity of the cantons, and on the other a function of the effective threshold. Finally, socio-structural characteristics (urbanization, population density) are linked to the number of legislative parties in Swiss cantons.

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:

1354-0688

Publisher:

Sage Publications

Language:

English

Submitter:

Madleina Christina-Maria Ganzeboom

Date Deposited:

07 Aug 2019 11:32

Last Modified:

06 Aug 2020 11:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/135406880394002

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.129534

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129534

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