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Changes in the Partisan Composition of the Swiss Government. 1891, 1919, 1929, 1943, 1959, 2003, …?

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Caluori, Ladina
Published in Swiss Political Science Review. 2005, vol. 11, no. 3, p. 101-121
Abstract After almost half a century of an unchanged distribution of seats among political parties in the federal government (Federal Council), the Swiss executive has experienced a new change in 2003. This change follows up on other changes in the past which occurred at irregular intervals. The question we wish to address in this paper is how these changes related to the electoral fortunes of the political parties. We find that electoral success does not translate directly into seat gains in the executive. A lag of up to two elections provides the best predictor. Thus, the rapid concession of a second seat to the SVP in 2003 is an outlier compared to the previous changes in the partisan composition of the Swiss government.
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CALUORI, Ladina, HUG, Simon. Changes in the Partisan Composition of the Swiss Government. 1891, 1919, 1929, 1943, 1959, 2003, …?. In: Swiss Political Science Review, 2005, vol. 11, n° 3, p. 101-121. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:25277

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