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The 2015 national elections in switzerland: renewed polarization and shift to the right


Bochsler, Daniel; Gerber, Marlène; Zumbach, David (2016). The 2015 national elections in switzerland: renewed polarization and shift to the right. Regional and Federal Studies, 26(1):95-106.

Abstract

The 2015 election to the Swiss Parliament marks a return to an already observed trend that was only interrupted in 2011: a shift to the right and an increase in polarization. The vote share of the nationalist-conservative Swiss People's Party (SVP) has now reached a historical height of 29.4% (+2.8). This note discusses why cantons matter in the Swiss national elections, and to what degree elections have become nationalized. Institutionally, the 26 cantons serve as electoral districts. This leads to a highly disproportional electoral system and has magnified the minor vote shifts to a slightly more pronounced shift in seats, with the right now holding a tiny majority of 101 of 200 seats in the first chamber. The two winners, the SVP and the Liberals, also had most campaign funds at their disposal. They were able to guide an extensive nationwide campaign in which they advocated their core issues instead of candidates. Other parties only advertised at the cantonal level.

Abstract

The 2015 election to the Swiss Parliament marks a return to an already observed trend that was only interrupted in 2011: a shift to the right and an increase in polarization. The vote share of the nationalist-conservative Swiss People's Party (SVP) has now reached a historical height of 29.4% (+2.8). This note discusses why cantons matter in the Swiss national elections, and to what degree elections have become nationalized. Institutionally, the 26 cantons serve as electoral districts. This leads to a highly disproportional electoral system and has magnified the minor vote shifts to a slightly more pronounced shift in seats, with the right now holding a tiny majority of 101 of 200 seats in the first chamber. The two winners, the SVP and the Liberals, also had most campaign funds at their disposal. They were able to guide an extensive nationwide campaign in which they advocated their core issues instead of candidates. Other parties only advertised at the cantonal level.

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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:Elections; party nationalization; Switzerland; election campaign
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:10 Jan 2017 09:19
Last Modified:29 Aug 2017 00:00
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1359-7566
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Regional and Federal Studies on 29.02.2016, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13597566.2016.1147029.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13597566.2016.1147029
Related URLs:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13597566.2016.1147029 (Publisher)

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