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Social Dynamics in Swiss Society

Empirical Studies Based on the Swiss Household Panel

  • This open access book provides an unique insight into the processes in people's lives and society

  • Based on unique longitudinal data spanning 16 years (1999-2014)

  • Contains several cross-national comparisons

Part of the book series: Life Course Research and Social Policies (LCRS, volume 9)

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Health, Well-being and Life Satisfaction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Evolution of Smoking in Switzerland

      • Dean R. Lillard
      Pages 3-16Open Access
    3. Body Mass Index and Satisfaction with Health in Contemporary Switzerland

      • Mario Lucchini, Sara Della Bella
      Pages 17-29Open Access
    4. Family Trajectories and Life Satisfaction: The Swiss Case

      • Boris Wernli, Sara Zella
      Pages 61-77Open Access
  3. Resources, Work & Living Conditions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 95-95
    2. The Association Between Self-Reported Health Problems and Household Prosperity

      • Maurizia Masia, Monica Budowski, Robin Tillmann
      Pages 97-111Open Access
    3. Between Social Structure Inertia and Changing Biographies: Trajectories of Material Deprivation in Switzerland

      • Pascale Gazareth, Katia Iglesias, Eric Crettaz, Christian Suter
      Pages 113-128Open Access
    4. Trajectories of Vulnerability: A Sequence-Analytical Approach

      • Felix Bühlmann
      Pages 129-144Open Access
    5. Wealth, Savings and Children Among Swiss, German and Australian Families

      • Laura Ravazzini, Ursina Kuhn
      Pages 161-174Open Access
    6. Homeownership and Wealth in Switzerland and Germany

      • Ursina Kuhn, Markus Grabka
      Pages 175-185Open Access
  4. Politics & Attitudes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 187-187
    2. Dynamic Political Attitudes in Partisan Context

      • Jennifer Fitzgerald, Christopher Jorde
      Pages 189-201Open Access
    3. What Explains Increasing Euroscepticism in Switzerland? A Longitudinal Analysis

      • Oriane Sarrasin, Theresa Kuhn, Bram Lancee
      Pages 203-214Open Access
    4. Does Commitment Change Worldviews?

      • Gian-Andrea Monsch, Florence Passy
      Pages 231-246Open Access

About this book

Using longitudinal data from the Swiss Household Panel to zoom in on continuity and change in the life course, this open access book describes how the lives of the Swiss population have changed in terms of health, family circumstances, work, political participation, and migration over the last sixteen years. What are the different trajectories in terms of mobility, health, wealth, and family constellations? What are the drivers behind all these changes over time and in the life course? And what are the implications for inequality in society and for social policy? 

The Swiss Household Panel is a unique ongoing longitudinal survey that has followed a large sample of Swiss households since 1999. The data provide the rare opportunity to go beyond a snapshot of contemporary Swiss society and give insight into the processes in people’s lives and in society that lie behind recent developments. 


  • Swiss society
  • Social change
  • Social inequality
  • Quality of life
  • Life course
  • Open access

Editors and Affiliations

  • FORS-Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Robin Tillmann, Marieke Voorpostel

  • University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Peter Farago

About the editors

Dr Robin Tillmann is the head of the Swiss Household Panel at the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences FORS. He has more than 20 years of experience in empirical social research. His research interests include social stratification, social inequality and social change, precariousness and poverty, and quality of life. He is co-editor of the special issue “Persistent Social Inequalities” of the Swiss Journal of Sociology (2012). He contributed to the Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research (Springer, 2014) and to the book Poor Europe. The problem of poverty in chosen European countries (Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, 2015).   

Dr Marieke Voorpostel is a senior researcher for the Swiss Household Panel at the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences FORS. She received her PhD in sociology from Utrecht University in 2007. Her research focuses primarily on kinship, family diversity, the interplay between the family and the community, and survey methodology. She has published her research in various European and American scientific journals. She has also contributed to handbooks on aging and the family. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Social Dynamics in Swiss Society

  • Book Subtitle: Empirical Studies Based on the Swiss Household Panel

  • Editors: Robin Tillmann, Marieke Voorpostel, Peter Farago

  • Series Title: Life Course Research and Social Policies

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-89556-7Published: 25 June 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-07803-4Published: 08 February 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-89557-4Published: 13 June 2018

  • Series ISSN: 2211-7776

  • Series E-ISSN: 2211-7784

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 253

  • Number of Illustrations: 21 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Quality of Life Research, Sociology, Social Policy

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)