Switzerland: Think Tanks and Vested Interests in Swiss Policy Making

Steffen, Isabelle; Linder, Wolf (2006). Switzerland: Think Tanks and Vested Interests in Swiss Policy Making. German policy studies, 3(2), pp. 310-346. Harrisburg, Pa.: Southern Public Administration Education Foundation SPAEF

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This paper analyses the role of think tanks in Swiss policy making. Starting from the relationship between interest groups and the state, which has been shaping Swiss policy making for a long time, we hypothesize that these structures offer good possibilities for scientific arguments and ideas to influence the process of policy making. Our observations from a recent example indeed illustrates that think tanks can use the same channels as vested interests to bring in their know-how. Furthermore, we conclude that the characteristics of the political system, e.g. direct democracy and the consensual alignment particularly influence the chances of think tanks to intervene. In this exchange vested interests and think tanks do not really interfere with each other, but rather they complement each other both having.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Stadelmann, Isabelle and Linder, Wolf

ISSN:

1523-9764

Publisher:

Southern Public Administration Education Foundation SPAEF

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:47

Last Modified:

07 Feb 2014 12:21

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/19696 (FactScience: 2620)

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