Federalism - Institutional adaptation and symbolic constraints

Dardanelli, Paolo (2006) Federalism - Institutional adaptation and symbolic constraints. In: Church, Clive H., ed. Switzerland and the European Union - A close, contradictory and misunderstood relationship. Europe and the Nation State . Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK, pp. 17-35. ISBN 9780415371995. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Despite its geographical centrality and its considerable economic involvement in Europe, Switzerland remains unusual in that it is neither a member of the Union or the European Economic Area. At a time when the Union is both expanding and seeking to develop its integration, the country constitutes a real anomaly amongst west European states. This book demonstrates the range, depth and complexity of Switzerland’s developing relations with Europe and provides detailed and up-to-date information on Switzerland itself. Considering a variety of dimensions of the country and its ambiguous relations with the EU, the author explore: The classical political obstacles to entry: federalism, direct democracy, neutrality and the growing strength of anti-European populism. Policy barriers to integration: in trade and economics generally, in financial matters, and in social provisions relating to the movement of people. The EU response and the prospects for future Swiss-EU relations. This unique volume will be of interest to students and scholars of European politics and European Union politics

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Alison Chapman
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:41
Last Modified: 14 May 2014 14:19
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1032 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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