Switzerland: Staff Participation in Government Agencies Undergoing Change

  • Yves Emery
  • David Giauque


This chapter analyses the new participation process within public organizations at federal level in Switzerland, following the Confederation Staff Act 2002. It is based on a review of the literature and semi-structured interviews with three groups of actors: eight members of newly created staff committees, eight senior officials in the main public-sector unions and four senior executives. The study identifies and examines the main challenges facing staff participation during the next decade. It is underpinned by the fact that the Swiss public sector has undergone marked changes over the past 10 years, driven largely by the New Public Management movement (Emery 2000, Giauque 2003a).


Union Membership Public Management Management Style Union Activity Direct Participation 
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