Bern in Switzerland is known for its bear pit and for being a World Heritage site since 1983. But it is also the Swiss capital of women politics
Switzerland articles on Democracy Chronicles
News about the struggle for democracy in Switzerland. Surrounded on all sides by the European Union, the federal Swiss model of democracy is highly regarded as one of the best models of democracy in the world. Officially known as the Swiss Confederation, the government is a representative democracy with strong tools of direct democracy built in. A pure form of direct democracy exists in two Swiss cantons, the equivalent of American states. Also check out our section on World Democracy.
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Swiss preschoolers line up to cast their ballots in a vote that will shape lives in the make-believe village where they call the shots.
The worry was that new rules would make life impossible for citizen campaigners, who rely on human contact and rallies to launch initiatives.
Mark Mazower Modern Europe’s political structure is based on supposition that capitalism and democracy can be compatible. This requires closer examination.
Life sentence for Ambazonian leader Ayuk Tabe may be a threat to world peace. An international forum should address the Anglophone conflict in Cameroon.
Human-rights declarations and various legal instruments state that elections must be conducted by secret ballot, but silent about precisely what that means.
Swiss Post has suspended e-voting system effectively spelling the end of online trials with the current technology for the October parliamentary elections.
The government has decided to suspend efforts to enshrine electronic voting in Swiss law, but it plans to continue trials using improved systems.
To what extent are elections truly democratic? At the dawn of democracy in Athens, elected representatives used to be picked by lot.