This study of contemporary Swiss politics draws on research in Switzerland, and the author's own observations and offers wide coverage of Swiss political forces, processes and policies. Clive H. Church argues that Switzerland is actually a vibrant and pluralist polity, in which politics are increasingly competitive. However, it still retains some distinctive characteristics like direct democracy, which mean that the Swiss people play a larger role than in other countries.
CLIVE H. CHURCH has taught in Dublin, Lille and the Universities of Lancaster and Kent, where he became Jean Monnet Professor of European Studies. As well as publishing widely on the European Union and its treaties, he is the author of many articles on Swiss history and politics.