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Suïssa: multilingüe però mononacional - Anàlisi i explicació d’un cas singular

Dardanelli, Paolo (2009) Suïssa: multilingüe però mononacional - Anàlisi i explicació d’un cas singular. In: Caminal, Miquel and Requejo, Ferran, eds. Federalisme i plurinacionalitat - Teoria i anàlisi de casos. Clàssics del Federalisme . Institut d’Estudis Autonòmics, Barcelona, Spain, pp. 423-473. ISBN 978-84-393-8277-5. (KAR id:24245)


This chapter explores how statehood and patterns of collective identity have historically evolved in Switzerland and how they are interacting in the contemporary Swiss system. It shows that a sense of Swiss nationhood emerged before the creation of a Swiss federal state in 1848 and that it survived the pressures of 'linguistic nationalism' in the latter part of the 'long' XIX century to become fully consolidated in the XX century. While many features of the Swiss system today reflect the multi-lingual nature of its society, they also show rather clearly that Switzerland is not a multi-national federation. Subsequently, the chapter offers an explanation of why Switzerland, despite being multi-lingual and multi-cultural, has not become multinational, by arguing that this is best explained by a complex interaction over a long period of time of a unique set of factors, both internal and external. The chapter then considers the challenges likely to face the Swiss system in the mid-term and concludes by arguing that the characteristics of Swiss society and the strengths of its federal political architecture will likely enable it to remain mono-national in the foreseeable future.

Item Type: Book section
Projects: Federalism, Nationality and Democracy in Switzerland
Additional information: The original version of the chapter, in English, titled 'Multi-lingual but Mono-national: Exploring and Explaining Switzerland’s Exceptionalism’ is available on SSRN at
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Paolo Dardanelli
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2010 14:07 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:40 UTC
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