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Swiss Democracy: Possible Solutions to Conflict in Multicultural Societies [Paperback]

Prof Dr Wolf Linder


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5 Nov 1997
An authoriative analysis of Swiss democracy, the institutions of federalism, and consensus democracy through political power sharing. Linder analyses the scope and limits of citizen's participation in direct democracy, which distinguishes Switzerland most from parliamentary systems. Central and Eastern Europe and all countries with minority problems could learn much of value from this study.

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'The real value of the book lies in its critical dissection of features of Swiss democracy that are frequently praised in theory but rarely assessed in practice. Linder shows that behind its apparent populist democracy lurks the power of interest groups. So he makes a contribution to thought about democracy which could have significant lessons for countries seeking to be democratic.' - G.W. Jones, Professor of Government, London School of Economics, University of London

'Given the furore about a referendum on Maastricht, Wolf Linder's book is a very timely one. He shows that referenda can have political affects way beyond those imagined by Bill Cash and Margaret Thatcher. So while Switzerland is not a model it encapsulates an alternative view of democracy about which we would do well to think.' - Clive C. Church, Professor of European Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury

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An analysis of the main features of Swiss democracy which looks at the nature of political power-sharing, federalism and citizen participation in Swiss politics --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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