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Switzerland - Europe's First Federation

Dardanelli, Paolo (2013) Switzerland - Europe's First Federation. In: Loughlin, John and Kincaid, John and Swenden, Wilfried, eds. Routledge Handbook of Regionalism and Federalism. Routledge Handbooks . Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 248-258. ISBN 978-0-415-56621-6. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Switzerland is a prominent example of a federal state. It is the second oldest such state in the world

managed to achieve political and economic success in spite of significant linguistic and religious

key factor that has made this possible. Federalism is one of the fundamental institutional features

inception in 1848 the Swiss federal state was extremely decentralized, with federal competences

Since then, although the fundamental features of the system have been exceptionally stable,

for policy implementation and delivery has remained with the cantons. The trend deepened

complex interlocking and dense vertical cooperation. Over the last two decades concerted efforts

the development of horizontal cooperation among the cantons. Although there has undeniably

system, this has not gone as far as fundamentally changing the nature of the Swiss state. Indeed,

the world, i.e. those furthest away from having acquired unitary features. The Swiss state thus

displays a low level of ‘hybridity’ and this is unlikely to change for the foreseeable future.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Switzerland, federalism, federal state, centralisation, centralization, decentralisation, decentralization, cantons
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Centre for Federal Studies
Depositing User: Paolo Dardanelli
Date Deposited: 24 May 2013 15:08 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 03:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33989 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Dardanelli, Paolo: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1986-1604
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