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An ever closer union? The nationalisation of political parties in Switzerland, 1991-2015


Bochsler, Daniel; Mueller, 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):29-40.

Abstract

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.

Abstract

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.

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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:Switzerland, political parties, party nationalisation, National Council, elections
Language:English
Date:March 2016
Deposited On:10 Jan 2017 09:19
Last Modified:29 Jan 2017 06:45
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1424-7755
Additional Information:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Swiss Political Science Review, Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 29–40, 2016, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/spsr.12205. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms).
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/spsr.12205
Related URLs:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/spsr.12205/pdf (Publisher)

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