Liberal and Radical Democracies: The Swiss Cantons Compared

Bühlmann, Marc; Vatter, Adrian; Dlabac, Oliver; Schaub, Hans-Peter (2014). Liberal and Radical Democracies: The Swiss Cantons Compared. World political science review, 10(2), pp. 385-423. De Gruyter 10.1515/wpsr-2014-0017

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This article examines the widespread hypothesis that German-speaking Swiss cantons exhibit radical-democratic characteristics, while the Latin cantons possess stronger liberal-representative democratic profiles. Empirical and multi-dimensional measuring of the quality of democracy in the cantons shows that this hypothesis does not do the complexity of cantonal democracy justice. Today’s position of the cantons along the axes of liberal and radical democracy is best explained with reference to the strong liberal and democratic constitutional movements within the cantons during the middle of the 19th century.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Bühlmann, Marc; Vatter, Adrian; Dlabac, Oliver and Schaub, Hans-Peter

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1935-6226

Publisher:

De Gruyter

Language:

English

Submitter:

Laura Rosa Vogel

Date Deposited:

22 Dec 2014 16:58

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 01:15

Publisher DOI:

10.1515/wpsr-2014-0017

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.59779

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/59779

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