Switzerland is commonly referred to as an ideal example of impeccable democracy. Indeed, the small pluralistic state at the heart of Europe is something very special. The four dominant language cultures lead a peaceful coexistence and respect each other in their otherness. Linguistic minorities are protected and politically integrated, power is distributed horizontally and vertically, and the political system allows citizen participation to an extent nowhere else in the world.
Nevertheless, all that glitters is not gold. Here, too, there are areas in which there is a great need for action. In a multi-part series, I draw attention to those areas to which I attribute a certain need for reform or have the impression that the topics do not receive the public attention that they may deserve.
I feel extremely grateful, lucky and honored to be able to publish my controversial articles through swissinfo.ch – an information platform for Swiss living abroad and for people who are simply interested in Switzerland. I am also very grateful to profit from the experienced editors that supervise the project and the substantial feedback they give.
About me: Im Sandro, currently earning my doctoral degree in political science at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich. In my thesis I study the political effects of electoral reforms carried out in the Swiss cantons. More broadly I am interested in understanding the complex mechnisms behind the interplay of political institutions and society.
Below is a list of some publications that are all more or less directly associated with the history, the presence and the future of democracy (click on the title to open the article). This blog is not structured, but a loose collection of written thoughts on political matters. Furthermore you will find copies of writings that I submitted as part of my studies.
- January 8, 2018: Shadowy influences on Swiss democracy
- January 15, 2018: Does a minority rule Switzerland?
- February 8, 2019: Left behind and locked out of Swiss democracy
- March 27, 2019: Switzerland is three-quarters of a democracy
- September 4, 2019: Are direct democracy and civic rights just ‘nice to haves’?
Other articles by or with me (most of them available in several languages):
- April 2, 2015 (swissinfo): Politicians neglet the potential of Twitter and Facebook
- January 3, 2017 (swissinfo): When local voter say: „Not in my own backyard“
- February 24, 2017 (swissinfo): One person, one vote? – not in Switzerland
- October 11, 2017 (swissinfo): Fact check: the case for and against licence fees
- March 24, 2018 (swissinfo): The different faces of direct democracy
- October 12, 2018 (swissinfo): The four ingredients of a successful people’s initiative
Exclusively German articles:
- November 29, 2014 (Napoleon’s Nightmare): Das schweizerische Wahlrecht als föderalistischer Kompromiss
- December 25, 2014 (Napoleon’s Nightmare): Vom Gegner zur prägenden Figur des Bundesstaats
- February 2, 2015 (Tagesanzeiger): Junge Politologen bloggen sich nach oben
- October 1, 2015 (De Facto): Noch nie wollten so viele in den Nationalrat wie 2015
- December 23, 2015 (Napoleon’s Nightmare): Je grösser die Wahlkreise, desto fairer die Sitzzuteilung
- June 15, 2016 (swissinfo): Volksinitiativen ohne das Volk?
- March 16, 2018 (swissinfo): „Wir erleben die Kolonisierung der direkten Demokratie“
- March 16, 2018 (swissinfo): Uruguay: Die Schweiz Lateinamerikas in Sachen direkte Demokratie
- March 19, 2018 (swissinfo): Warum Demokratie die Bildung braucht
- September 27, 2018 (Die Ostschweiz): Innerrhoden top, St.Gallen flop: So waren die Kantone bisher im Bundesrat vertreten
- October 23, 2018 (20 Minuten): Medien sollen positiv über Migration schreiben
- October 23, 2018 (20 Minuten): „UNO-Pakt gefährdet die Freiheit der Medien“
- October 23, 2018 (swissinfo): Auslandschweizer kämpfen mit dem Mut der Verzweiflung
- November 12, 2018 (20 Minuten): Führt «linker Populismus» zum Sieg gegen die SVP?
- November 12, 2018 (20 Minuten): «Man tanzt hemmungslos zur Populismus-Melodie»
- January 3, 2019 (20 Minuten): Profitieren Grüne und GLP vom Hitzesommer?
- July 17, 2019 (Napoleon’s Nightmare): Fusion wider Willen: Wenn Gemeinden zwangsverheiratet werden
Exclusively French articles:
- January 16, 2015 (Le Temps): Peu d’élus suisses brillent sur les réseaux sociaux
[Remark: This post will be updated continuously]