Switzerland on the Road from a Consociational to a Centrifugal Democracy?

Vatter, Adrian (2016). Switzerland on the Road from a Consociational to a Centrifugal Democracy? Swiss political science review / Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 22(1), pp. 59-74. Wiley 10.1111/spsr.12203

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Can Switzerland still be classified as an example of consociational democracy, characterized by power sharing and elite cooperation, by the second decade of the 21st century? Drawing on Lijphart's typology of consociational and centrifugal regimes, an analysis of the transformation of Swiss democracy reveals that while Switzerland continues to display institutional elements of power sharing, a polarizing and competitive trend can be observed in the governing style of the elite. Increasingly adversarial elite behaviour and a growing polarization within parliament and government as well as with regards to referendums indicate a growing shift toward centrifugal democracy.

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:

1424-7755

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ladina Triaca

Date Deposited:

12 Jul 2017 15:13

Last Modified:

12 Jul 2017 15:13

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/spsr.12203

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.98230

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98230

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