Shadows in the Swiss Paradise?

Church, Clive H.; Vatter, Adrian (2016). Shadows in the Swiss Paradise? Journal of Democracy, 27(3), pp. 166-175. The Johns Hopkins University Press 10.1353/jod.2016.0039

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Richard Rose claimed in 2000 that threats to Swiss consensus democracy had reached a peak. But in recent years there have been major new developments: shifts in the balance of power; party polarization; changes in public opinion, mainly involving hostility to foreigners; a new abrasive tone to politics and changes in elite behavior. Hence, the country has moved from a paradigmatic case of a consensus democracy to a more polarized, centrifugal and competitive system. To an extent these things have come about because of external pressures and the use made of them by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party. They have left the majority of the Swiss with a deep feeling of alienation and distrust, and the threat of becoming isolated internationally.

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:

1045-5736

Publisher:

The Johns Hopkins University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ladina Triaca

Date Deposited:

04 Jul 2017 10:58

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 18:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1353/jod.2016.0039

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.98227

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98227

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