Laymen and Executives in Swiss Local Government
Swiss local government is distinguished by the extent to which laypeople are directly engaged in policymaking. This is made possible in large part by the very small scale of its municipalities, together with the country’s constitutional tradition of direct democracy. This chapter identifies the key features of Swiss local decision-making and the nature of public involvement in holding their elected representatives to account. Like other countries, Switzerland has experienced reform movement, albeit modest in scope. The final section of this chapter reviews recent changes and shows their limited aspirations working within the basic assumptions of the Swiss political system.
KeywordsDirect Democracy Power Sharing Direct Election High Political Level Municipal Assembly
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