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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 978-0-415-37199-5. (KAR id:1032)

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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 and public administration (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Funders: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (
Depositing User: Alison Webster
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:41 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:38 UTC
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