" The Political Economy of Institutional Change and Social Blocs in Switzerland: a Neorealist Approach "

ContributorsGüney, Celâl
DirectorsAmable, Bruno
Master program titleMaster in Political Economy of Capitalism
Defense date2024-04-16

What were the political conditions and social bases for a neoliberal transformation of the

Swiss socio-economic model in the last decades? The present master thesis seeks to explore

the social bases behind the transformation and stability of the Swiss socio-economic model

since the 80s. As a first step, long-run analyses of the socio-economic determinants of party

support, political leaning and policy preferences are conducted. The results show evidence

that, regarding party support, Switzerland’s political landscape appears to be structured by a

brahmin left versus merchant right divide, as theorized by Piketty (2019). However, the results

for political leaning show that, while right leaning evolved into a merchant pattern, left leaning

became gradually endorsed by upper-middle income and high education groups. Finally, the

results from a latent class analysis aimed at identifying the recomposition of the Swiss social

blocs in the late 90s are presented. The selected model divides the late 90s’ Swiss population

into twelve socio-political groups, and the different strategies that could have aggregated these

clusters into social blocs are assessed. Using the concepts and methods of neorealism (Amable

and Palombarini 2005, 2008), the objective of this master thesis is to provide the first steps

into a broader analysis of the political economy of institutional change in Switzerland.

  • Political Economy of Institutional Change and Social Blocs
  • Neorealist Approach
  • Swiss socio-economic model
  • 80s
  • 90s
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GÜNEY, Celâl. ‘ The Political Economy of Institutional Change and Social Blocs in Switzerland: a Neorealist Approach ’. 2024.
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