Political Decision-Making in Switzerland

The Consensus Model under Pressure

  • Pascal Sciarini
  • Manuel Fischer
  • Denise Traber

Part of the Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century book series (CDC)

About this book


This in-depth study of the decision-making processes of the early 2000s shows that the Swiss consensus democracy has changed considerably. Power relations have transformed, conflict has increased, coalitions have become more unstable and outputs less predictable. Yet these challenges to consensus politics provide opportunities for innovation.


Political decision-making political processes consensus democracy Switzerland power and conflict network analysis QCA Europeanization mediatization parliament government political parties interest groups conflict decision-making democracy Government Institution policy politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Pascal Sciarini
    • 1
  • Manuel Fischer
    • 2
    • 3
  • Denise Traber
    • 4
  1. 1.University of GenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.EAWAGDübendorfSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of BernSwitzerland
  4. 4.University of ZurichSwitzerland

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