Switzerland, <i>Staatenbund</i> to <i>Bundesstaat</i>

Joseph M. Parent

in Uniting States

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782192
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919147 | DOI:
Switzerland, Staatenbund to Bundesstaat

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This chapter relates Swiss history from the thirteenth to the twentieth century. It then looks to see what best explains the waxing and waning of political integration between Swiss cantons. It finds that a realist explanation fares the best, and that Karl Deutsch’s constructivist ideas on the case fare poorly.

Keywords: Switzerland; cantons; unification; union; Karl Deutsch

Chapter.  6103 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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