Politics and institutions | POIN

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS)

The topic

Long characterised as an inherently stable part of the country’s make-up, Switzerland’s politico-administrative system has started to meet upcoming challenges with a series of reforms. This course follows the ins and outs of these changes through the lens of institutional policies—that is, the policies which define the rules of the politico-administrative game. The course concentrates its analysis on the federal level and uses administrative science and political science as its main analytical tools.

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  • Decode Switzerland’s institutional architecture and its effects on the country’s politico-administrative system;
  • Analyse the structure and functioning of Switzerland’s public administration, as well as reforms currently underway in this domain;
  • Discuss the federal administration’s role within Switzerland’s political system, notably within the legislative process.
Target audience
  • Students studying for the MAS in public administration (MPA);
  • Students studying for the DAS in public administration;
  • Employees in federal and cantonal administrations;
  • Political representatives;
  • Journalists and other interested observers of Switzerland’s political landscape.
Programme (subject to modifications)
  1. L'État - histoire, développement et administration
  2. Le fédéralisme et la réforme RPT
  3. Les cantons et les communes
  4. Le système de gouvernement - la concordance
  5. Les parlements et les processus législatifs fédéraux
  6. La démocratie directe


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  • Knoepfel, Peter, Yannis Papadopoulos, Pascal Sciarini, Adrian Vatter und Silja Häusermann (Hrsg.). Handbuch der Schweizer Politik. Zürich: Verlag Neue Zürcher Zeitung. 5. völlig überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage.
  • Lane, Jan-Erik (ed.) (2001). The Swiss Labyrinth. Institutions, Outcomes and Redesign. London: Franck Cass
  • Kriesi, Hanspeter (1998). Le système politique suisse, Paris: Economica. 2e edition.
  • Kriesi, Hanspeter and Alexander H. Trechsel (2008). The Politics of Switzerland. Continuity and Change in a Consensus Democracy. Cambridge: University Press.
  • Linder, Wolf (2012). Schweizerische Demokratie. Institutionen, Prozesse, Perspektiven. Bern: Haupt, 3. Aufl.
  • Vatter, Adrian (2014). Das politische System der Schweiz. Studienkurs Politikwissenschaft. Baden-Baden: Nomos UTB.
  • Windisch, Uli (2007). Le modèle suisse. Lausanne: L'Age d'Homme.
Practical information and Registration

Course led by Prof. Andreas Ladner.

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