The Swiss Constitution in a Comparative Context

By Walter Haller

The Swiss Constitution features a number of characteristics which have often attracted the attention of observers from abroad, including: the very direct influence of Swiss citizens on political decision-making by means of popular initiative and referendum * a uniquely (bottom-up) federal structure reflecting cultural and linguistic diversity * a system of government which vests supreme executive power in a multi-party collegiate body * a systematic catalogue of fundamental rights interpreted in line with the case law of the European Court of Human Rights * a very special model of constitutional jurisdiction. Using a comparative approach, this book gives a concise presentation of the Swiss Constitution. Numerous comparisons with well known foreign constitutions - such as the US Constitution and the German Basic Law - will enhance the reader's understanding of the special characteristics of the Swiss constitutional order. It also contains a detailed subject index which allows for rapid access to information. The book will be of interest to those who desire basic and precise knowledge on how Switzerland is governed, including lawyers, politicians/political scientists, diplomats, journalists, etc.


263 pages

Publication Date: 12/1/2009
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783037511893