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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):385-423.

Abstract

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.

Abstract

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.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:measuring the quality of democracy; liberal democracy; radical democracy; Switzerland; path dependence (Erblast hypothesis)
Language:English
Date:October 2014
Deposited On:12 Feb 2015 08:26
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:51
Publisher:Berkeley Electronic Press
ISSN:1935-6226
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/wpsr-2014-0017

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