An Ever Closer Union? The Nationalisation of Political Parties in Switzerland, 1991–2015

Bochsler, Daniel; Müller, Sean; Bernauer, Julian (2016). An Ever Closer Union? The Nationalisation of Political Parties in Switzerland, 1991–2015. Swiss political science review / Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 22(1), pp. 29-40. Wiley 10.1111/spsr.12205

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The contribution of this research note is a systematic description of levels of party nationalisation in Switzerland, using results from the elections to the Swiss National Council between 1991 and 2015. Party nationalisation is understood as the territorial homogeneity of a party's electoral performance and measured using the inverted and standardised Gini index. Our results indicate a trend towards more nationalisation in the Swiss party system over the time period covered, and distinct patterns for single parties. The SVP and the GLP have made big leaps towards stronger nationalisation, with the former closing in on the levels of the SP and the FDP, while the CVP remains a weakly nationalised party, considering its size.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Müller, Sean and Bernauer, Julian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1424-7755

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sean Müller

Date Deposited:

09 May 2016 08:37

Last Modified:

10 May 2016 08:15

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/spsr.12205

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.79791

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/79791

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