Despite Switzerland looking into allegations of corruption in FIFA and IOC which it hosts, and despite improvements, problems remain.
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.
A massive leak from one of the world’s biggest private banks, Credit Suisse, has exposed the hidden wealth of clients involved in serious crimes.
Switzerland wants to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the Summit for Democracy build a name for itself internationally.
A plan to elect supreme court judges by lot rather than by the Swiss parliament was rejected by voters in all 26 Cantons of the country.
Switzerland political system is supported by technology. However little is known about the impact of digitization on its democracy.
The oldest democratic tradition in Switzerland is petitioning. Every year, petitions with tens of thousands of signatures are sent to parliament.
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
A great review of this subject comes from a really interesting article at Swissinfo, produced by the Swiss public broadcasting association. Take a look at this excerpt: In many countries across the globe, revolutions, international cooperation and participatory political rights all spurred the introduction of women’s suffrage. In Switzerland however men put up strong resistance […]
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.