The Europeanization of Swiss Decision-Making Processes

Fischer, Manuel; Sciarini, Pascal (2014). The Europeanization of Swiss Decision-Making Processes. Swiss political science review / Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 20(2), pp. 239-245. Wiley 10.1111/spsr.12102

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Europeanization has been at the core of two research projects on decision-making processes in Switzerland that we carried out over the last decade. Interestingly enough, Europeanization was initially not supposed to be the central focus of these projects: The first was broader in scope, as it dealt with the effects of globalization and internationalization, and the second was agnostic with respect to Europeanization – it looked at the characteristics of the most important decision-making processes and structures in contemporary Switzerland, and at the related changes that have taken place since the 1970s. However, in both projects Europeanization has imposed itself as a crucial variable, if not as the most crucial variable. We use insights from these two research projects – and from a database on the legislative acts of the 1995-2006 period that emerged from these projects – to address the questions raised by the initiators of this debate and, more especially, to highlight what effects Europeanization has on decision-making processes and related power and conflict structures among actors.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Fischer, Manuel (B)


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science








Manuel Fischer

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25 Mar 2015 09:52

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24 Mar 2023 23:32

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